05/15/2013 01:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cat Memes From The Suffrage Movement Show That History Does Repeat Itself

Cat memes have been around for much, much longer than we thought.

Human-Animal Studies Images blogger Corey Wrenn unearthed a series of postcards from the early 1900s that used cats to communicate anti-suffrage sentiments. Wrenn wrote: "The intent was to portray suffragettes as silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement."

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Click through the slideshow below to see more anti-suffrage postcards featuring cats... we think the joke might be on the makers.

[h/t BuzzFeed]