People living in North America and Europe believe if a black cat crosses their path calamity will surely overtake them. However in Germany, it really does matter whether the black creature crosses one’s path from right to left or vice versa. In Japan seeing a black cat brings good fortune. So many countries, so many customs.
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Robert Doisneau, The Cats of Bercy, 1974.
The black cat of the Mets On September 9, 1969, the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets baseball teams played each other. A Mets fan let out a black cat on the pitch. The cat walked around one of the Chicago Cubs players Ron Santo several times. After the incident the Cubs experienced an incredible collapse and missed the final.
André Kertész Hungarian-born photographer with a black cat, Paris, 1930.
Philippe Halsman, Spanish painter Salvador Dali. “Dali Atomicus.” 1948.
Sam Hoskins, From Cowboy Kate & Other Stories, 1964.
Elliott Erwitt, Mother and child. New York City, 1953.
Leonard Freed, Naples, 1958.
Willy Ronis, La Fenêtre, Paris, 1954.