• Cats make a mark in Japanese prints, of course

    It would be surprising if Japan didn’t have a tradition of dressed up cats doing human things. The island nation does not disappoint. Cats seem to have first come on trading ships from China about a thousand years ago, and became respected as mouse catchers. There are even temples…

  • Mainzer Dressed Cats began as whimsical Swiss postcards

    Cats dressed up and behaving like people have long been on the fringes of pop culture. In the 1940s and ’50s, Mainzer Dressed Cat postcards hit the scene, showing felines in then-contemporary costumes riotously pursuing leisure activities from sports to watching movies, or simply having picnics. These anthropomorphic cats have…

  • Anthropomorphic felines: A crash course in catstory

    The Bohemian Cats images that we are currently making at BabaBarock are a new approach to a very old tradition. Today, we think nothing of seeing a cat dressed up, walking on hind legs and talking. They can be seen in animated films, cartoons, and on all sorts of merchandise from…