Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mainzer Dressed Cats

When I was a little girl, taking piano lessons from sweet old Mrs. Bean, she would reward me for having practiced my lessons (which was not very often) with a post card from Alfred Mainzer of cats dressed as people, getting into all sorts of shenanigans. Colorful, slightly violent and totally engrossing to study in detail, I still love these cards. The artist who painted these imaginative scenarios was Eugen Hartung, but Mainzer Inc., NYC, published the cards from the 40's through the 60's. They've been re-published as a complete set of 126.