By Kira Cherrix, Digital Imaging Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives
SIA 007123 Box 1, Folder 2
It is fairly common for field books to contain excerpts of newspaper articles relating to a collector’s field of interest, and those of Benjamin Walsh were no exception. One newspaper clipping in particular that I found in Walsh’s field book stood out to me, though. This snippet from a larger article states "The latest improvement in stock is a new breed of cats in Vermont, which have tails only an inch long. The advantages claimed for such tails are that they cannot get under a rocking-chair or be stepped upon, and that the door can be closed quicker when they go out." As far as I can tell, no part of Walsh’s research involved cats so the inclusion of this article is rather interesting to me.