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Cat and bird maintain an unusual friendship in the State Prison, Folsom, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
March 5, 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
While the cat sleeps his bird companion perches on his front legs and pulls at one of the cat's whiskers in his beak.
Two convicted murderers of Folsom State Prison rescued a baby linnet and a newborn kitten from hunger and malnutrition and nursed them back to health. The cat and bird live in the prison's print shop in complete harmony.
Photograph appears with the article, "Cat and Bird in Prison Form Odd Attachment," Los Angeles Times, 05 Mar. 1936: A1.
Text from newspaper caption: And here it is. Here's the hair-raising climax. The linnet is lifting a whisker from his friend to line his nest. Theft in prison: what! But Warden Court Smith, who furnished the pictures taken by the murderer-trainer of the linnet, says the whisker-pulling is just the bird's way of awakening his playmate.
Handwritten on negative: From: Warden Court Smith
Text from negative sleeve: 3877 - Cat and bird 3/5/36 [stamped:] Mar 6 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Folsom Prison
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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