A young girl in 1920s Volendam, Netherlands, cradles a cat in her arms as she looks guardedly at the photographer. Although known for their coy, contrarian nature, cats have proved themselves to be the most photogenic of creatures. Cat curiosity is not just a product of the digital age; the photos in this collection show that cats have been popular photographic subjects for decades. (Read about bizarre 16th-century cat drawings.) In celebration of National Cat Day, we hope you enjoy these pictures of felines from our archives. —By Becky Little, photo gallery by Sarah Leen

Cats Through Time

A young girl in 1920s Volendam, Netherlands, cradles a cat in her arms as she looks guardedly at the photographer. Although known for their coy, contrarian nature, cats have proved themselves to be the most photogenic of creatures. Cat curiosity is not just a product of the digital age; the photos in this collection show that cats have been popular photographic subjects for decades. (Read about bizarre 16th-century cat drawings.) In celebration of National Cat Day, we hope you enjoy these pictures of felines from our archives. —By Becky Little, photo gallery by Sarah Leen
Photograph by Donald McLeish, National Geographic

Cat Day: Our Archival Pictures of Felines

What's up, pussycat? Photos of coy, cute cats from the National Geographic archives.

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