Cat’s Meow 1998
Back in 1998, a company called Cat’s Meow started a new thematic set of painted house figurines. They had many new designs coming out every year. They had themes like the Henry Ford Museum or L.M. Montgomery. This time they had partnered with the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites to portray these homesites.
These classic pieces are:
- Surveyor’s House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
- Third Street House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
- Brewster/Bouchie School (DeSmet, South Dakota)
- Church (DeSmet, South Dakota)
- Rocky Ridge Farmhouse (Mansfield, Missouri)
- Rock House (Mansfield, Missouri)
- Ingalls family portrait
Back to the Future
In summer 2019, Lauri Goforth contacted the company because there had been a burst of new interest. They responded by roling out a new set of figures based on more historic landmarks.
The new figures are:
- A map showing the Ingalls family travels
- The cabin in Pepin, Wisconsin
- Ma slaps a bear in Pepin, Wisconsin
- The cabin in Independence, Kansas (original replica version)
- Pa’s well in Independence, Kansas
And the more generic:
- Covered Wagon
Take a look with my Unboxing video from having gotten the whole set:
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.