Zwicky and the Cat Museum

From several sources, pointers to a posting [note of 8/5/22: apparently no longer available] entitled “Zwicky and the Cat Museum”. The museum is in Amsterdam, it offers “vintage posters and painting of cats, cat sculptures, and toys”, plus a number of live cats, and Zwicky comes into it because one of those posters is this delightful 1950 piece by Donald Brun (shown here along with a ticket from the Cat Museum):

This is not a poster of a cat named Zwicky — though that’s an idea I find appealing, for obvious reasons — but a poster advertising the Zwicky thread firm (branches of the Zwicky family are involved in all sorts of commercial enterprises in Switzerland, though not, so far as I can see, the design and manufacture of cuckoo clocks). The cat is wielding a spool of silk thread (soie á coudre, literally ‘silk for sewing’).

I was hoping to get me one of those posters, but it turns out that the posters that Brun did for Zwicky in the 1950s now count as classics — “vintage posters” — and go for significant prices.

8 Responses to “Zwicky and the Cat Museum”

  1. David Says:

    While there are some cuckoo clocks made in Switzerland, the epicenter is really the Black Forest region of Germany. We don’t generally wear lederhosen here, either. Those are mostly found in Bavaria.

  2. arnoldzwicky Says:

    To David: I understand that cuckoo clocks are mostly made in the Black Forest region of Germany rather than in Switzerland. My mention of cuckoo clocks in connection with Swiss family Zwicky was a (perhaps too subtle) allusion to the quotation from the character Harry Lime in The Third Man:

    Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

  3. Zwicky stuff « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] adding yet another product to the growing list of Zwicky things (among them chocolate, muesli, thread and yarn, arrowheads for bow-and-arrow hunting, and meat […]

  4. alex hyde Says:

    Do you know about a Cat Museum starting up in San Francisco

  5. Zwicky-cat in NYC « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] posting on the Zwicky-cat (in the 1950 poster by Donald Brun) in Amsterdam, here. I hate to think what it’s selling […]

  6. hatzihatzi Says:

    I bought this poster when I visited the cat museum in 2005. Unfortunately, I moved like 10 times since then. I wish I could find it and hang it back up. But it really is great to see it again, even on my screen. It’s like an old friend.

  7. Maria Feldman Says:

    I have the poster, purchased it from a dealer 15 years ago and framed it. If you are still interested let me know. Thank you.

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