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A handwritten letter by Erma Coldren addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated July 18, circa 1950. Within, Erma details the recent birth of 6 snow white kittens from her black cat as well as other cat stories.
Alfred L. Shoemaker
You said in last pub. about cat stories. Did you know we had a black cat that had a litter of 6 snow white kittens, had lots of people here to see it; newspapers had front page stories of it and even college students came to see them and not a black hair was found on one of the 6 kittens. I have several photos of them if it interests you. John Hix had a picture in the Syndicated Press, [Illegible] had it and people from Indiana came for more of them. 3 had blue eyes and beard 3 had pink eyes and were deaf. They also had angora like fur. Also there is a saying that when a baby has “merasmus” or “ob nemate” put milk in a saucer, let the cat drink out of it and then give the rest to the baby, for cure. I know a friend of mine also tried it. Let me hear if you are interested in cat pictures and story
Mrs Erma Coldren. Adamstown
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Coldren, Erma, "Letter From Erma Coldren to Alfred L. Shoemaker" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 4.
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We have omitted transcribing the top portion of the letter regarding newspaper subscriptions.