Kind of an Odd Little “Kittens with Banjo” Folk Art


Okay, so I seriously had no idea that cats & banjos were such a popular combination.  (And I most definitely do not remember the 1978 Little Friskies cat with banjo commercial, although I was already an adult at that time.)

It was quite surprising when I tried to research this apparently original piece to see if it was copied from a famous (or obscure) piece I knew nothing about… what I found were dozens upon dozens of cat-with-banjo drawings, depictions and so forth.  What I did not find was this one.

I also have no clue what’s going on with the back of this funny little piece that I picked up at an auction a while ago.  It looks like someone let his or her kid use the reverse of the heavy cardboard/canvas for messing around.

In any event, it’s all just very cool, for some reason.  If anyone has any ideas or information on its history, please let us know!


Condition: The artwork itself is in pretty good condition.  It’s been in storage for quite a while now, and the art has separated from the wood frame, which is a boring plain white.  The separation occurred because it was being held in place by some dried out masking tape that just … well, dried out completely.   (It’s almost as if the artist did it that way on purpose so the back would be visible whenever someone wanted to take a look.  But that’s just a guess.)  Otherwise, it’s not in bad condition at all.  I just love this piece.

Dimensions:   20 3/4″ H x 15 1/2″ W.

Price:  $44.00 plus Maine sales tax of $2.42 for a total of $46.42.

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

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