Boston Cat Show Trophy (1883)
An existing show catalog provides historical documentation indicating that the first organized cat show in North America opened at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, on March 1, 1878. Subsequent news reports in the Boston Daily Globe provide documentation that cat shows were held on a regular schedule in Boston.
The February 19, 1880 edition of the Boston Daily Globe reported that "in a few days, entries will close on the [second] cat show in Music Hall..." Entries closed on February 27 and the show began on March 1, 1880.
Cat shows held in Boston tended to take place over several weeks, each week having its own show and individual catalog. The 1883 show opened on October 15 and was held at the Horticultural Hall in Boston. A pewter trophy, a large nut bowl, was First Prize during the third week of the show. According to an article titled "The Feline Congress" printed in the November 4, 1883, Boston Daily Globe:
"The third week of the great cat show at the Horticultural Hall closed last night, and judging from the crowded attendance during the day and evening, the fourth week, which begins tomorrow, will be as great a success as the past weeks have been.
The same Boston Daily Globe article reports that A.M. Robinson's entry was a cat named 'Dick'1.
An obituary in the Boston Daily Globe shows that A.M. Robinson, Jr. was the son of the Hon. A.M. Robinson, a well-known Maine figure who passed away on October 15, 1898. Mr. Robinson Sr. had been one of the prime movers in the building of the Bangor & Picataquis railroad, as well as serving as a member of the legislature as representative and senator2.
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