Images and videos of cats are some of the most searched and viewed content on the internet. People are just simply mad about them. And what's not to go crazy for here? Their cute little faces, tiny paws, and fluffy fur are like a remedy for many web users. However, you might be surprised that this "psychosis" didn't start with the invention of the internet. Cats were already the stars of many photographs way before 1983 and we have proof of that!

The Brazilian journalist Paula Leite Moreira created a purrfect Instagram account called "All Vintage Cats" where she uploads photos from the previous century featuring cats posing together with many famous and interesting personalities of the past. Even around celebrities, cats have always been the ones getting most (if not all) of the attention.

Scroll down for some adorable and entertaining photographs. If this dose of cuteness is not enough, don't worry, we have you covered. Check out our previous post on Bored Panda for some more vintage cats by clicking here.

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American Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter And Bandleader Frank Zappa, 1970

American Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter And Bandleader Frank Zappa, 1970

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Ms.M.
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Zappa with a house panther. My day is complete.

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Paula created the "All Vintage Cats" Instagram page in 2020, after having seen a photo from the 19th century on the internet. As she told us earlier, she found herself interested in looking for more old records of cats, so she decided to share her discoveries with other people as well.

To find all these images, Paula searches through the internet in historical collections, archives, image banks and international magazines.

#2

American Actor And Martial Artist Brandon Lee, 1992

American Actor And Martial Artist Brandon Lee, 1992

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Finnish Documentary Photographer Ismo Hölttö, 1967

Finnish Documentary Photographer Ismo Hölttö, 1967

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Bored Panda got in touch with the journalist again to get to know more about her and this project. We asked Paula how her journey as a journalist started. She answered that it began when she graduated in journalism some years ago, after trying other courses like modern languages and audiovisual communications. "Since I was a kid, I have liked humanities, but the process of choosing only one degree was a little confusing for me."

Nowadays, besides "All Vintage Cats", Paula works creating content for social media.

#4

American Actor Steve Mcqueen, 1963

American Actor Steve Mcqueen, 1963

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C Lawson
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And just when I thought I couldn't possibly love him more...

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American Actress Jean Harlow, 1935

American Actress Jean Harlow, 1935

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Paula has always loved cats and history, not exactly vintage photography. The journalist shared with us that she created this account because she's a true "crazy cat lady" who caught herself searching for information about some old cat photos on the web. "Why not share it with other cat lovers?"

#6

American Actress And Comedian Betty White And American Television Personality, Actor And Singer Allen Ludden, 1973

American Actress And Comedian Betty White And American Television Personality, Actor And Singer Allen Ludden, 1973

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American Actor And Producer Robert Downey Jr. And American Actress And Television Producer Sarah Jessica Parker, 1983

American Actor And Producer Robert Downey Jr. And American Actress And Television Producer Sarah Jessica Parker, 1983

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Looking at all these incredible photos that have now accumulated to more than 450 on Instagram, we got curious about what makes Paula continue searching for more of these pearls. She shared that she thinks the "magic" of this content is noticing that cats have been beloved and spoiled companions since much before the internet. "Definitely, it's not a recent relationship, and vintage photos are proof of it. As a cat lover, it's nice to identify myself with people of completely different ages."

#8

American Jazz Saxophonist Stan Getz, 1967

American Jazz Saxophonist Stan Getz, 1967

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Swedish Model And Actress Paulina Porizkova, 1985

Swedish Model And Actress Paulina Porizkova, 1985

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American Photographer Edward Weston, 1947

American Photographer Edward Weston, 1947

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Karen Tape
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ya, that's the spot. Right there...ahhh

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American Singer, Actress, Comedian, Dancer And Activist Eartha Kitt, 1952

American Singer, Actress, Comedian, Dancer And Activist Eartha Kitt, 1952

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British Film, Television And Stage Actress Sheila White, 1966

British Film, Television And Stage Actress Sheila White, 1966

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#13

American Actress, Singer And Nightclub Entertainer Jayne Mansfield, 1955

American Actress, Singer And Nightclub Entertainer Jayne Mansfield, 1955

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#14

French Poet Paul Fort, 1950

French Poet Paul Fort, 1950

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#15

French Film Critic And Film Theorist André Bazin, 1940

French Film Critic And Film Theorist André Bazin, 1940

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#17

American Artists' Model, Chorus Girl, And Actress Evelyn Nesbit, 1902

American Artists' Model, Chorus Girl, And Actress Evelyn Nesbit, 1902

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American Actress Susan Dey, 1972

American Actress Susan Dey, 1972

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French Photographer Raymond Voinquel, 1938

French Photographer Raymond Voinquel, 1938

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Swedish Actress Ewa Aulin, 1968

Swedish Actress Ewa Aulin, 1968

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Italian Actor Nino Manfredi, 1975

Italian Actor Nino Manfredi, 1975

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American Film And Stage Actress Julia Meade, 1960

American Film And Stage Actress Julia Meade, 1960

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Ms.M.
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Cat: "Julia, hang up right meow"

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#23

Italian Singer Riccardo Fogli, 1974

Italian Singer Riccardo Fogli, 1974

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Ms.M.
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So handsome. The cat is, too. 😹

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#24

British Artist Erica Mcdonald, 1947

British Artist Erica Mcdonald, 1947

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Ms.M.
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Paint me like one of your french chats

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#25

American Contralto Marian Anderson, 1950

American Contralto Marian Anderson, 1950

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Kathryn Baylis
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Just relaxing with my baby—-said the cat.

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#26

English Stage Actor, Theatre Producer And Theatre Manager Sir George Alexander, 1906-1907

English Stage Actor, Theatre Producer And Theatre Manager Sir George Alexander, 1906-1907

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American Actress Anne Bancroft, 1960

American Actress Anne Bancroft, 1960

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#28

British-American Actress Joan Fontaine, 1966

British-American Actress Joan Fontaine, 1966

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#29

American Composer And Lyricist Jerry Herman, 1974

American Composer And Lyricist Jerry Herman, 1974

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Demongrrrrl
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cat, coffee, and a cute guy. A perfect trio.

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#30

English Museum Curator And Collector Sydney Cockerell, 1930

English Museum Curator And Collector Sydney Cockerell, 1930

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#31

Ninth Monarch Of Thailand From The Chakri Dynasty Bhumibol Adulyadej And Queen Consort Of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Sirikit Kitiyakara, 1950

Ninth Monarch Of Thailand From The Chakri Dynasty Bhumibol Adulyadej And Queen Consort Of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Sirikit Kitiyakara, 1950

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#32

English Photojournalist Joseph Mckeown, 1956

English Photojournalist Joseph Mckeown, 1956

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#33

American Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur, And Author Victoria Principal, 1970

American Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur, And Author Victoria Principal, 1970

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#34

American Playwright Edward Albee, 1961

American Playwright Edward Albee, 1961

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#35

South African Dancer Nadia Nerina, 1964

South African Dancer Nadia Nerina, 1964

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#36

Burmese-Born British Actor Abraham Sofaer And Makeup Artist Gerald Fairbank, 1932

Burmese-Born British Actor Abraham Sofaer And Makeup Artist Gerald Fairbank, 1932

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

CATastrophe in 3, 2, 1...

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#37

Italian Film Actor, Comedian, And Television Host Raimondo Vianello And Italian Actress, Singer, And Television And Radio Presenter Sandra Mondaini, 1967

Italian Film Actor, Comedian, And Television Host Raimondo Vianello And Italian Actress, Singer, And Television And Radio Presenter Sandra Mondaini, 1967

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Dana Mardell
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sandra like "who this b***h think she is!?" Lol the dude is laughing like she is...SHE!

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#38

Professor Mr. Andrew Hsueh-Kwei Tu And His Wife, English Social Activist Elsie Tu, 1988

Professor Mr. Andrew Hsueh-Kwei Tu And His Wife, English Social Activist Elsie Tu, 1988

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#39

American Film, Television, And Radio Actress Barbra Fuller, 1955

American Film, Television, And Radio Actress Barbra Fuller, 1955

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Camilore
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The cat is not amused. Probably seen stuff, too

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#40

Australian Actor Ray Barrett, 1967

Australian Actor Ray Barrett, 1967

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