History

Two hundred years ago

Two hundred years ago, Maine Coons were called Maine Cats. When ‘Coon’ is added cannot be traced. In any case, the addition was made somewhere in the 20th century.

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Frances Simpson with her Maine Coon

The locals took their ‘prettiest cat’ with them to Country Fairs in the 19th century, where the most beautiful products and animals were shown. The first description of Maine Cats is done in ‘The book of the cat’ by Frances Simpson, published in 1903. From her story, we can deduce that they occurred well before the American Civil War (1861 to 1865). Francis herself has several copies. She describes that several Maine Cats participated in a show in Boston in 1878.

Cat shows

The most famous and biggest cat show of its time was held in New York’s Madison Square Garden in May 1895. A brown tabby ‘Maine Cat’ cat named Cosey, by Mrs. Fred Brown, became the best in the show.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Maine Coon lost ground to the press, among others. Still, from 1968, the formation of the MCBFA (Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association) revived the popularity of the Maine Coon.

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