Anti-Cruelty Society Calling Card

Five women met in the home of Mrs. Theodore Thomas, wife to the symphony’s conductor, on January 19, 1899 in the sprawling city of Chicago, Illinois to address the depressing scenes of animals wasting away, uncared for, in their hustle and bustle of a city. They formed what would be known then, as it still is today, The Anti-Cruelty Society, and Mrs. Thomas would become the organization’s first president and one of the first females in the country to lead a humane society.

Her group addressed many of the same issues as other welfare organizations, including that of Mr. Henry Bergh’s ASPCA in New York City: overwrought work horses, unwanted cats and dogs that numbered the streets, and the need for humane education amongst the populace. To learn more about the inspiring history of The Anti-Cruelty Society, visit their site for a detailed chronology.

This artifact of the month dates around the 1940’s – 1950’s and served not only as a calling card of sorts, but an educational piece of literature on simple, kind gestures one could do for their cat or dog. Notice their phone number then, “SUPERIOR 8338,” and what it is today, “(312) 644-8338.” My how the times have changed!

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