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buggy blanket, cats, Greenwich Township, Berks County, lap robe, cat fur
A handwritten document entitled, "The Masterpiece", by an unknown author, dating from circa 1950. Within, a tale of a man who rode around with a buggy blanket made from the stolen skinned fur of local cats is detailed.
Way back in the 1850 ies. There was a man who rode around Greenwich Township, Berks County, with a horse and buggy. This man had the most beautiful Buggy blanket that anyone had ever seen. The man was very proud of his lap robe or blanket. He had made it himself. The robe was made of many different colors and furs.
The man who had this lap robe was hated and despised by his neighbors and all who knew him. For the fur was from cats. Black cats, red cats, tiger stripe, tortoise shell, white, blue Maltese, and also vari-colored cats.
Many people pitied the cats whose lives were sacrificed, for a mans vanity. And some remembered a favorite pet, or others an excellent mouser, who had disappeared, and probably been skinned for it’s colorful fur, which was needled to finish the most colorful buggy blanket, ever seen in Berks Co.
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Author, Unknown, "The Masterpiece" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 234.
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