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American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

AFRMA - Rat & Mouse Book List - Historical Standards, Books, Magazines, & Articles

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Historical Standards, Books, Magazines, & Articles
Yoso-tama-no-kakehashi Yoso-tama-no-kakehashi 1775, written in 2 volumes: volume 1, volume 2 on the National Diet Library web site. Article about these books Yoso-tama-no-kakehashi; the first Japanese guidebook on raising rats by Takashi Kuramoto, was published in Experimental Animals, Vol. 60 (2011) No. 1 P 1–6.
Chingansodategusa Chingansodategusa 1787 by Chôbei Zeniya on the National Diet Library web site. Article telling about this book An Eighteenth Century Japanese Guide-book on Mouse-Breeding by Mitosi Tokuda, was published in Journal of Heredity, Vol. 26, Issue 12, Pp. 481–484, Dec. 1935.
Fancy Mice Blake 1896 Fancy Mice by An Old Fancier [Dr. Charles Carter Blake]. Fourth Edition, 1896. L. Upcott Gill, London/Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. An archived online version to view in various formats is available Fancy Mice: Their Varieties, Management, and Breeding. (The PDF takes a while to print.)
Harmsworth - Mice Worth Their Weight In Gold 1899 The Harmsworth Monthly Pictorial Magazine Vol. 1 1898-9. Published by Harmsworth Brothers Ltd., London, 1899. Article “Mice Worth Their Weight In Gold: Some Extravagant Pets” by Gavin Macdonald. Article about the National Mouse Club in England; shows several versions of Maxey cages.
Fanciers' Magazine 1899 Fanciers’ Magazine Vol. II February 1899, No. 8. Published by The Fanciers’ Publishing Co., Worcester, Mass. Mice shown at Boston Show Jan. 17–21, 1899, and New York Show in Madison Square Gardens. This was probably the members of the American Mouse Club based in New York at the time. See entire archived online version. New!
Pet Rabbits, Cavies, and Mice 191- Pet Rabbits, Cavies, and Mice by George Gardner. Date unknown—a very old book (191-). F. Carl, London. This is an archived online version available in various formats.
How to Breed and Exhibit All Varieties of Fancy Mice and Rats, 1910 How to Breed and Exhibit All Varieties of Fancy Mice and Rats by W. Maxey, late Hon. Sec. of the National Mouse Club. Second Edition 1910. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. One of the first fancier’s books.
Fancy Mice Davies 1912 Fancy Mice by C.J. Davies. Fifth Edition, 1912. L. Upcott Gill, London. An archived online version to view in various formats is available Fancy Mice, Their Varieties and Management as Pets or for Show. (The PDF takes a while to print.)
NPSAA Standard of Perfection book 1915 “Standard of Perfection for Rabbits, Cavies, Mice, Rats & Skunks by the National Pet Stock Association of America” 1915. National Pet Stock Association of America (NPSAA) Standard of Perfection book. Founded as the NPSAA in 1910, then name changed in 1917 to National Breeders & Fanciers Association of America (NBFAA), then became the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) 1925. While it was the NPSAA and the NBFAA, they included mice and rats among other small animals.
American Fur Fanciers’ Association Standard of Perfection “The American Pet Stock Standard of Perfection and Official Guide of the American Fur Fancier’s Association Covering all Varieties of Rabbits, Cavies (guinea pigs), and Mice” 1915. American Fur Fancier’s Association Standards of Perfection book - The Fancy Mouse chapter starts on page 39; it tells about how in 1903 America’s first fancy mice were imported from the N.M.C. by Mr. Anton Rottmueller of Boston and in the fall of that same year Dr. L. H. Wood of Groton, Connecticut imported about 30 varieties; colored mice were sold as pets in New York in 1890; in 1904 a show was held in Madison Square Gardens; there was a Fancy Mouse Club of the American Fur Fanciers’ Association; Miss Abbie E. C. Lathrop of Granby, Massachusetts was involved in the start of the club and was Chairman of the Fancy Mouse Club of the American Fur Fanciers’ Association until 1914, she also bred rats [she was instrumental in the start of laboratories using mice by sending them ones with health issues to try and figure out what the problem was; the chapter also includes drawings of the recognized varieties.

Even though it doesn’t say it in the title, there is a chapter on rats starting on page 44 and lists colors such as yellow/fawn (light canary to deep orange), orange, cream, lilac, maltese (light blue in shade with white underneath), blue (called Cream in Europe; light maltese color with black or pink eyes that came from the yellow rats), chocolate, Hooded/Broken marked {although in the points section it has Hooded and Broken separate), with pink, ruby, and black eyes; tells of rats being imported in 1898 by Dr. E. B. Southwick; yellow rats were caught on a steamer with the male being a deep orange color with rich crimson eyes [Silver Fawn?] and the yellow females had black eyes [Fawn?]; includes rat standards with classes based on eye color. This is an archived online version available in various formats.
Food & Fur Breeders of America Food & Fur Breeders of America: Rabbits, Cavies, Foxes, Skunk, Mice, Rats 1919. Food & Fur Directory, Co., Fort Worth, TX. Has a short chapter “Rats and Mice For Pleasure and Profit” by H. C. Brown (Pres. of Brown Pet Stock Co., Emporia, KS). Also has an “Associations” section telling about the National Breeders & Fanciers Association (previously known as the National Pet Stock Association; presently known as the American Rabbit Breeders Association). This is an archived online version available in various formats.
Outdoor Enterprises and Domestic Pets 1919 Outdoor Enterprises and Domestic Pets. 1919. June 1919, Vol. 3, number 10, Kansas City, MO. An American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Rat and Mouse Department” and this one was on the housing of mice.

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National Breeders and Fanciers Association of America (NBFAA) Standard of Perfection book 1920 “Standard of Perfection for Rabbits, Cavies, Mice, Rats, Skin and Fur Bearing Animals of the The National Breeders and Fanciers Association of America” 1920. National Breeders and Fanciers Association of America (NBFAA) Standard of Perfection book. NBFAA was National Pet Stock Association of America (NPSAA) 1910, name changed in 1917 to National Breeders and Fanciers Association of America”, then became the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1925. While it was the NPSAA and the NBFAA, they included mice and rats among other small animals.
Home Pets Rats and Mice Home Pets. Date unknown (very old), with article Rats and Mice
Fancy Mice and Rats: How to Breed and Exhibit 1920 Fancy Mice and Rats: How to Breed and Exhibit by W. Maxey, late Hon. Sec. of the National Mouse Club. Third Edition revised by Mary Douglas 1920. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. One of the first fancier’s books. PDF of a photo copy of the book.
Wealth in Rats and Mice 1921 Wealth in Rats and Mice Written by a member of the National Breeders’ and Fanciers’ Association of America, Inc. 1921. Published by The Laboratory Supply Company, Philadelphia, PA, Established since 1912.

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Fur & Feather Feb. 17, 1922 Fur and Feather February 17, 1922, No. 1,656, Vol. 67, J.E. Watmough, Idle, Bradford. Mouse And Rat Mems by Ralph Blake; Western Whiffs by J.H. Hooper (mentions the Bristol Mouse and Rat Club); article and photo of C. A. House (wrote In-Breeding: What It Is and What It Does); Mouse Specials At Bradford by WM. Turton; along with ads
Fur & Feather, February 5, 1932 Fur and Feather February 5, 1932, A London Rattery by J. Wilton-Steer.
Colour Inheritance in Fancy Mice 1935 Colour Inheritance in Fancy Mice by W. Mackintosh Kerr, M.B., Ch.B. 1935. Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford, and London. A very good, really old fancier’s book.
Eighteenth Century Japanese Guide-book Mice 1935 An Eighteenth Century Japanese Guide-book on Mouse-Breeding article by Mitosi Tokuda, published in Journal of Heredity, Vol. 26, Issue 12, Pp. 481-484, Dec. 1935. The book Chingansodategusa was written in 1787 by Chôbei Zeniya.
All-Pets Dec. 1935 All-Pets Magazine Dec. 1935, Vol. 8, Number 7, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Small Animals” with articles “The Future of the Mouse Fancy by R. W. Ferrier; Tumors in Mice by S. P. Holman, Fla.”
All-Pets September 1936 All-Pets Magazine September 1936. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Article In Recommendation of White Rats by Joya Dickman.
News-Week Jan. 23, 1937 News-Week Jan. 23, 1937. Includes an article “Mouse Show: A Minister’s Pet Rodent Wins Silver Cup” about the American Mouse Fancier’s Club.
Reader’s Digest March 1937 Reader’s Digest March 1937, The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, NY. Includes an article “The English Craze for Mice.”
Life Dec. 13, 1937 Life Dec. 13, 1937, Time Inc. Includes an article with photos “Mice are Exhibited at Manhattan Cat Show” about the American Mouse Fancier’s Club. Archived version available online or in PDF
All-Pets Feb. 1938 All-Pets Magazine Feb. 1938, Vol. 9, Number 9, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with articles “Mouse Musings by Robert H. Brown; A.M.F.C. Notes; The Real Fancy Mouse by R. W. Ferrier.”
All-Pets Feb. 1939 All-Pets Magazine Feb. 1939, Vol. 10, Number 9, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with articles “The Future of the Mouse Fancy by R. W. Ferrier; Breeding White Mice; and American Mouse Fanciers Club by Rev. R. W. Ferrier.”
All-Pets Dec. 1939 All-Pets Magazine Dec. 1939, Vol. 11, Number 7, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with articles “Varieties and Standards by Martin Hartman, New City, N.Y. (part 1); Wants Activity; Mouse Musings.”
All-Pets March 1940 All-Pets Magazine March 1940, Vol. 11, Number 10, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with an article “Wild Mice and Rats by Martin Hartman, New City, NY.” (about exotic pet species), and a big ad from Dr. Salsbury’s Mousery in Charles City, Iowa, with Imported Prize-Winning English Strains.
All-Pets April 1940 All-Pets Magazine April 1940, Vol. 11, Number 11, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with articles “Shipping Mice - Rats by M. Hartman, New City, N.Y.; Red Mice by R.W.F.”
All-Pets June 1940 All-Pets Magazine June 1940, Vol. 12, Number 1, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with articles “Why Mice and Rats? by Martin Hartman; Use Shepherd’s Purse; Use of Foster Does.”
All-Pets July 1940 All-Pets Magazine July 1940, Vol. 12, Number 2, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes a section “Fancy Mice” with articles “House Mouse Plus White Mouse by F.E.H., Kennebunk, Maine; Aggressive Hamsters; Greenfoods for Mice.”
All-Pets Sept. 1940 All-Pets Magazine Sept. 1940, Vol. 12, Number 4, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has articles “Starting Out In Fancy Mice; ‘Panda’ Colored Mice.”
All-Pets Oct. 1940 All-Pets Magazine Oct. 1940, Vol. 12, Number 5, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has articles “Fancy Mice Varieties; White Mice Breeding.”
All-Pets Nov. 1940 All-Pets Magazine Nov. 1940, Vol. 12, Number 6, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has article “Even Marked Mice.” There were no clubs at this time but All-Pets was keeping interest in mice by running articles and would help in getting a club going that would register and hold shows.
All-Pets Dec. 1940 All-Pets Magazine Dec. 1940, Vol. 12, Number 7, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has articles “American Mouse & Rat Fanciers’ Association; Care and Feeding Fancy Mice.”
All-Pets Jan. 1941 All-Pets Magazine Jan. 1941, Vol. 12, Number 8, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. In the section Fancy Mice, it has articles “The American Mouse & Rat Fanciers’ Association; Foods and Cages for White Mice and Rats from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture”; and a drawing of The Dutch Mouse.
All-Pets Feb. 1941 All-Pets Magazine Feb. 1941, Vol. 12, Number 9, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has articles “Functions of a Mouse Club by C. Frank Fayne, Shaker Heights, Ohio; The American Mouse & Rat Fanciers’ Association, News–Notes,” and photo of a Black-eyed White Self Mouse.
All-Pets March 1941 All-Pets Magazine March 1941, Vol. 12, Number 10, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has article “Show Mouse Requisites” by C. Frank Fayne.
All-Pets April 1941 All-Pets Magazine April 1941, Vol. 12, Number 11, Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has articles “Selection for Size (part 1) by C. Frank Fayne; The American Mouse & Rat Fanciers’ Association, Official News–Notes.”
All-Pets May 1941 All-Pets Magazine May 1941, Vol. 12, Number 12, Hobbies Inc., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has articles “Selection For Size by C. Frank Fayne, Shaker Heights, Ohio; The Future of Mice by D. G. Laughton,” as well as other articles “Deer Mice; Over 335 Varieties.”
All-Pets June 1941 All-Pets Magazine June 1941, Vol. 13, Number 1, Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice, has articles “Selection for Size by C. Frank Fayne, Shaker Heights, Ohio; The American Mouse & Rat Fanciers’ Association.”
All-Pets July 1941 All-Pets Magazine July 1941, Vol. 13, Number 2, Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has article “Handling Mice” by C. Frank Fayne, Shaker Heights, Ohio.
All-Pets August 1941 All-Pets Magazine August 1941, Vol. 13, Number 3, The Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has an article “A Practical Rat Breeding Cage” by Samuel M. Poiley, Assistant Technologist.
All-Pets September 1941 All-Pets Magazine September 1941, Vol. 13, Number 4, The Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has articles “New York Mouse Fancier Finds His Mice Profitable” (which includes information on the new Syrian hamsters) and “Mouse Breeding Hints” (about marked mice and inbreeding).
All-Pets October 1941 All-Pets Magazine October 1941, Vol. 13, Number 5, Hobbies Inc., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has articles “Breed Fancy Mice With Care; Pet Mice Are Varied; Cages For Mice.”
All-Pets November 1941 All-Pets Magazine November 1941, Vol. 13, Number 6, Hobbies Inc., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has articles “Shipping Hints; Fancy Mouse Origin; Hooded Rats; Agouti Mice; Color Breeding.”
All-Pets December 1941 All-Pets Magazine December 1941, Vol. 13, Number 7, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Fancy Mice has article “Selecting Fancy Mice (part 1).”
No Picture All-Pets Magazine August 1943. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. With article Raising Fancy Mice: An Inexpensive Hobby by W. L. Cotta.
All-Pets May 1944 All-Pets Magazine May 1944, Vol. 15, No. 12, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Mice Need Dryness, Warmth.” by Frederick Jones, Jr.
All-Pets July 1944 All-Pets Magazine July 1944, Vol. 16, No. 2, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Fancy Show Cage for Mice Easily Built.”
All-Pets Dec. 1944 All-Pets Magazine Dec. 1944, Vol. 16, No. 7, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Number in Litter Not Determinant of Size.”
All-Pets March 1945 All-Pets Magazine March 1945, Vol. 16, No. 10, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Rabbits, Cavies, Hamsters has articles “The Golden Hamster by Donald H. DeMeules; Successful Hamster Raising by Al Hayner”; plus ads for mice and rats.
All-Pets April 1945 All-Pets Magazine April 1945, Vol. 16, No. 11, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Why Not A Mouse Club?” by D. E. Nelson.
All-Pets May 1945 All-Pets Magazine May 1945, Vol. 16, No. 12, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Mouse Cleans its Fur By Chewing Tobacco.”
All-Pets June 1945 All-Pets Magazine June 1945, Vol. 16, No. 13, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “A Mouse Club Is Needed” by Floyd M. Shuck.
All-Pets Sept. 1945 All-Pets Magazine Sept. 1945, Vol. 16, No. 16, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Outcrossing Mice.”
All-Pets Feb. 1946 All-Pets Magazine February 1946, Vol. 17, No. 2, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Breeding Mice Outdoors” by H. Dempsey.
All-Pets May 1946 All-Pets Magazine May 1946, Vol. 17, No. 5, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Raising Rats and Mice” by Jack Morrison.
All-Pets June 1946 All-Pets Magazine June 1946, Vol. 17, No. 6, Lightner Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Mouse Pedigree System.”
No Picture All-Pets Magazine Sept. 1946. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Odd Pets has an article “Breeding Mice the Westminster Way” by D. E. Nelson.
Fur & Feather Sept. 27, 1946 Fur and Feather Sept. 27, 1946, No. 2938, Vol. 109, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and Rules: How To Send Stock To Shows; ‘FERN-END’ On Fostering [Mr. T. Robinson]; How Size is Maintained; News About Clubs and Members conducted by R. Ward; Mice At Sandy (show note, 227 entries); mention of the Scottish Mouse Club on first page, and National Mouse Club show ad for Oct. 12, 1947, last page. The Newest Genetic Probe: A Challenge To All Small Livestock Breeders by Edward Battersby (hamsters, first page).
Fur & Feather Nov. 15, 1946 Fur and Feather Nov. 15, 1946, No. 2945, Vol. 109, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes And News: A Tale About A Tail—Why Does The Appendage Of The Mouse Grow More Quickly Than Its Body?; tri-colour in Dutch litter; mouse scrapbook; older members should adopt a novice and help them out by R. Ward; In Town To-night and To-morrow by B. H. Du Boisson (Annual show with 850 entries); show in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 7–9, 1946, on first page. Hamster Information Pool No. 3, What The Microscope Reveals.
All-Pets Jan. 1947 All-Pets Magazine January 1947, Vol. 18, No. 1, Kalamazoo, MI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “Fostering Mice.”
Fur & Feather March 14, 1947 Fur and Feather March 14, 1947, No. 2960, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes And News: How A Chocolate Fox Mouse Has Been Produced; all male mice die in cold, by R. Ward; Mice For The Beginner: Feeding And General Management, Outcrosses by Jack Wormald; Calder Valley Mouse Show (show report Feb. 22, 1947, 369 entries, 12-spot Broken shown); Mice At Doncaster (show report Jan. 11, 1947). Rules Of The British Hamster Club. Note: in the show reports, awards are 1, 2, 3, r (reserve, i.e. 4th), vhc (very highly commended, i.e. 5th), hc (highly commended, i.e. 6th), c (commended, i.e. 7th)
Fur & Feather March 28, 1947 Fur and Feather March 28, 1947, No. 2962, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes And News: Outcrossing Is A Tricky Business; more stock dies in cold; Astrex mice, by R. Ward; An Introduction to Mouse Genetics by R. S. Hutchings (Black, Blue, Chocolate, P.E., P.E. Agouti–no interest to the Fancy. Red); Exhibiting By Jack Wormald (show boxes, entering).
Fur & Feather April 4, 1947 Fur and Feather April 4, 1947, No. 2963, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. SCIENTIFIC NOTES: The Case of the Open Eyed Mouse by Roy Robinson; Mouse Memos by C. H. Johnson (sliding scale prize money vs. fixed); show report March 15, 1947, Layton.
Fur & Feather April 11, 1947 Fur and Feather April 11, 1947, No. 2964, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes And News: Longtails Make Quick Recovery from Effects of the Winter; show reports: Rishton, March 22, 1947 (26 entries), Rippendon, March 29, 1947 (188 entries).
Fur & Feather April 18, 1947 Fur and Feather April 18, 1947, No. 2965, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club News: Notes For Novices conducted by R. Ward (mentions the Calder Valley Mouse Club).
Fur & Feather April 25, 1947 Fur and Feather April 25, 1947, No. 2966, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. Better and Brighter Mouseries by C. H. Johnson (have a clean organized mousery); National Mouse Club Notes by R. Ward (lots of misc. items).
All-Pets May 1947 All-Pets Magazine May 1947, Vol. 18, No. 5, Kalamazoo, MI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “Color Breeding.”
Fur & Feather May 2, 1947 Fur and Feather May 2, 1947, No. 2967, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes And News: Moths In The Mousery! A Problem Not So Easy Of Solution As It Seems (N.M.C. used to hold monthly shows, moths, whistling mice); Calder Valley’s Summer Effort by R. Ward (410 entries at 2nd show on April 19); Mice At Calder Valley by W. Coles (show report April 19, 1947, 420 entries).
Fur & Feather May 9, 1947 Fur and Feather May 9, 1947, No. 2968, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes: A Simple Home Method: How To Make Glass Feeding Dishes (color of Maxey cages, chromium wire front for Maxey show cages, wants updated mouse book, glass dishes, Silver Brown or Silver Fawn wanted for genetic research at Cambridge) by Dick Ward. Selective Breeding of the Hamster by Alfred J. Cork, F.Z.S.
Fur & Feather May 16, 1947 Fur and Feather May 16, 1947, No. 2969, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. Mice (Calder Valley Club show May 31; use paraffin to get rid of moths; Nottingham Mouse Club; 34 babies from two moms; sliding scale prize money; rail charges; selective breeding); Glasgow Fur Club (Scottish Mouse Club) show May 3, 1947 with 107 mouse entries (first page). Hamsters.
Fur & Feather May 23, 1947 Fur and Feather May 23, 1947, No. 2970, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. Why Use Feeding Pots For Mice? by Dick Ward (suggestion to use chromium fronts for Maxey cages, using dishes for food, getting rid of moths); Mouse Memos by C. H. Johnson (continuing story of system in the mousery–ID, record keeping, etc.); How Baby Hamsters Put On Weight
Fur & Feather May 30, 1947 Fur and Feather May 30, 1947, No. 2971, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. Mouse club Members Discuss Colour Of Show Cages, Sliding Scale Prizes, Points For Tan Dutch (meeting at the Spring Cup Show, Sable and White mice shown as Tricolor, request for a book with photos of the different colors of mice, one top breeder has untidy mousery) by R. Ward; (4 photos of fancy rats—Hooded, Silver Fawn, white, and a Rattus rattus but no mention in article about them); Critical Reports Of The Shows: N.M.C. (Spring Show) (May 17, 1947, had a Supporters’ Class, a B.E. Champagne was shown in the Unstd. class). Note: in the show reports, awards are 1, 2, 3, r (reserve, i.e. 4th), vhc (very highly commended, i.e. 5th), hc (highly commended, i.e. 6th), c (commended, i.e. 7th)
Fur & Feather June 6, 1947 Fur and Feather June 6, 1947, No. 2972, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: Railway Rates For Stock Travelling To And From Shows by Dick Ward (death of Fred Appleyard, Rail Charges, Cannibalism In Mice–moms need protein, Silver Greys); Reports of the Shows: MICE (400 entries, eye color decides light dove [Lilac, U.S.] vs. dark silver).
Fur & Feather June 13, 1947 Fur and Feather June 13, 1947, No. 2973, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. Fancy Mice Draw The Public At The Agricultural Shows by Dick Ward (chromium wire fronts on Maxey cages); In Favour Of The Silver fawn And Silver Brown by Walter Cole (Silver Chocolate; sorry about the missing part); Fred Appleyard (obit., died at age 40); London Mouse Club’s Show; The Fancy In Scotland (first page; meeting of the Scottish Mouse Club on June 21; sorry about the missing part); West Riding Mouse Club (3rd page; show on June 28). Investigation Into A Pouch Injury In The Hamster
Fur & Feather June 20, 1947 Fur and Feather June 20, 1947, No. 2974, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Officials by Albert C. Jude (results of 1947 N.M.C. annual election).
Fur & Feather June 27, 1947 Fur and Feather June 27, 1947, No. 2975, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News by Dick Ward (American fancier wants stock; Chinchilla mice; color of Maxey cages; female mice nest in cage at opposite end of ventilation hole; moths and paraffin; sorry about the missing part); Mice At Nottingham by William Turton (show report, June 21, 1947).
Fur & Feather July 4, 1947 Fur and Feather July 4, 1947, No. 2976, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club News by Dick Ward; Brokens Demand Patience by Harry Booth; Mice At Lunesdale (show report).
Fur & Feather July 11, 1947 Fur and Feather July 11, 1947, No. 2977, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: In Defence Of Monthly Shows With Sliding Scale Prize Money (wants to go back to monthly shows; giving milk to large litters of mice; cure for asthma–candle wax) by Dick Ward.
Fur & Feather July 18, 1947 Fur and Feather July 18, 1947, No. 2978, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News by Dick Ward (inquiries from America and Holland; Breeding Brokens).
Fur & Feather July 25, 1947 Fur and Feather July 25, 1947, No. 2979, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: Once-A-Week Feeding (trouble getting mice to breed, feeding mice to last while on holiday–giving dry bread and green foods).
Fur & Feather August 1, 1947 Fur and Feather August 1, 1947, No. 2980, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. A Long-Tail Strongman, HAMSTERS (first page); The Mouse In Research (looking for mice with deformed feet to donate to science); National Mouse Club Notes (use of candle grease by Mr. E. J. King; diet/feeding milk by Mr. Partington) by R. Ward; Scottish Officers (Scottish Mouse Club); Cavies and Mice At Driffield (show report July 16, 1947, Unstd. class of 6–those mice still not recognized).
Fur & Feather August 8, 1947 Fur and Feather August 8, 1947, No. 2981, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: Inbreeding And Line Breeding, Discussed by A. C. Jude.
Fur & Feather August 15, 1947 Fur and Feather August 15, 1947, No. 2982, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: ‘Telling The World’ About Mice, Ron Beard’s Great Work at Stroud by Dick Ward (wanting leaflets, posters for exhibits; looking for mice with abnormalities in the hind feet); Railways To Cut Out Hamster Delays by Jean E. Cook.
Fur & Feather August 22, 1947 Fur and Feather August 22, 1947, No. 2983, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. National Mouse Club Notes: Stop The Craze For Unnecessary Outcrossing; getting mice to breed by Dick Ward.
Fur & Feather October 10, 1947 Fur and Feather October 10, 1947, No. 2990, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. MICE: The Problem Of Asthma by C. H. Johnson; HAMSTERS: British Hamster Club Notes; Nottingham Mouse Show (Sept. 20, 1947, show report, over 400 entries).
Fur & Feather December 12, 1947 Fur and Feather December 12, 1947, No. 2999, Vol. 110, Idle, Bradford, Yorks. Report Of The Annual General Meeting Of The National Mouse Club (missing mice); N.M.C. Annual Show at Shipley: N. M.C. Cup Winners (Nov. 29, 1947, show report; Non-Standardized class had B.E. Fawn, Tricolor) by R. Ward.
All-Pets Jan. 1949 All-Pets Magazine January 1949, Vol. 20, No. 1, All-Pets Magazine, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “Native Wild Mice” by John F. Breen.
All-Pets June 1949 All-Pets Magazine June 1949, Vol. 20, No. 6, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse” by P. M. Soderberg.
The Fancy Mouse 1949 The Fancy Mouse by Albert C. Jude, President, National Mouse Club. 1949. A very good, really old but thorough fancier’s book. 2013 reprint available from Fur & Feather.
Raising Mice and Rats for Laboratory Use 1949 “Raising Laboratory Mice and Rats” Leaflet No. 253 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1949.
All-Pets Jan. 1950 All-Pets Magazine January 1950, Vol. 21, No. 1, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse, First of a Series” by A. C. Jude.
All-Pets Feb. 1950 All-Pets Magazine February 1950, Vol. 21, No. 2, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse, Second of a Series” by A. C. Jude.
All-Pets March 1950 All-Pets Magazine March 1950, Vol. 21, No. 3, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse, Third of a Series” by A. C. Jude.
All-Pets June 1950 All-Pets Magazine June 1950, Vol. 21, No. 6, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse, Fourth of a Series” by A. C. Jude.
All-Pets Dec. 1950 All-Pets Magazine December 1950, Vol. 22, No. 8, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse, Fifth of a Series” by A. C. Jude.
All-Pets Feb. 1951 All-Pets Magazine February 1951, Vol. 22, No. 2, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes an article “The Fancy Mouse, Sixth in a Series” by A. C. Jude.
All-Pets May 1951 All-Pets Magazine May 1951, Vol. 22, No. 5, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse, Sixth in a Series” by A. C. Jude [probably supposed to be Seventh of a Series]; also has article “African Rats” by Science Service.
All-Pets June 1951 All-Pets Magazine June 1951, Vol. 22, No. 6, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section Pet Shop has an article “Pet Store Mice” by Irvin W. Dietrich.
All-Pets August 1951 All-Pets Magazine August 1951, Vol. 22, No. 8, All-Pets Magazine, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. The section All-Pets Department has an article “The Fancy Mouse in Great Britain” by A. C. Jude.
Fur & Feather January 31, 1952 Fur and Feather January 31, 1952, No. 3215, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. MICE: What Though The Feet Were Weary The Hearts Were Light, BRADFORD BUNIONS by Dick Ward (about the 1952 Bradford show); AS I HAVE FOUND IT: Arthur Day writes to the Secretary of the National Mouse Club by C. H. Johnson. Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield.
Fur & Feather February 7, 1952 Fur and Feather February 7, 1952, No. 3216, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. Longtail Shows Of 1951 A Review by Ron Beard; National Mouse Club Notes by C. H. Johnson. Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield.
Fur & Feather February 14, 1952 Fur and Feather February 14, 1952, No. 3217, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes by C. H. Johnson. Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield (upcoming show and exhibit in Heckmondwike); Cavies In America by Jack Ball, San Jose, California (this is the same Jack Ball that had the Roan and Merle mice).
Fur & Feather February 21, 1952 Fur and Feather February 21, 1952, No. 3218, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes by C. H. Johnson, Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield (display and show in Heckmondwike; one exhibitor’s mice never made it to a show); Airedale Mouse Club Show (Feb. 9, 1952, show report, 601 entries).
Fur & Feather February 28, 1952 Fur and Feather February 28, 1952, No. 3219, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: Snap Show Wanted For March; continuing series System in the Mousery; Winners At Hillingdon (mouse section report Feb. 9, 1952, 250 entries, with a Doe and Litter class) by C. H. Johnson, Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield.
Fur & Feather March 6, 1952 Fur and Feather March 6, 1952, No. 3220, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: ‘Fill The Gap Shows by C. H. Johnson, Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield (about having more shows, up to 1 per week); Winners at Shildon (North-Eastern Mouse Club Show report Feb. 23, 1952, 460 entries).
Fur & Feather March 13, 1952 Fur and Feather March 13, 1952, No. 3221, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes and News by C. H. Johnson, Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield; War·Time Shows by A. C. Jude; Sowerby Bridge, Calder Valley Mouse Show (March 1, 1952, show report, 515 entries).
Fur & Feather March 20, 1952 Fur and Feather March 20, 1952, No. 3222, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. Mouse Club Notes: A Successful Year by C. H. Johnson, Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield.
Fur & Feather March 27, 1952 Fur and Feather March 27, 1952, No. 3223, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes and News by C. H. Johnson, Hon. Sec.,Highfield, Driffield, Yorks.
Fur & Feather April 3, 1952 Fur and Feather April 3, 1952, No. 3224, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: First N.M.C. ‘Fill-The-Gap’ Show Immense Success by C. H. Johnson. Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield (Driffield show, March 22, 1952, 622 entries); Heckmondwike Show (March 22, 1952, results, 86 entries).
Fur & Feather April 10, 1952 Fur and Feather April 10, 1952, No. 3225, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes and News: The Fancy Past and Present by Mr. Percy Ashley (comparing mice from the early days to present, always had fanciers to run shows, present shows get around 15 entries per class, always had healthy, united, and sound club, not as many exhibitors in the membership, now have duplicate classes); Longtail Winners at Driffield by R. Ward (March 22, 1952, show report, 620 entries: Leeds mouse show in 1936 had 1632 entries); Cavies In America by Jack Ball (this is the same Jack Ball that had the Roan and Merle mice).
Fur & Feather April 17, 1952 Fur and Feather April 17, 1952, No. 3226, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Notes by C. H. Johnson. Hon. Sec., Highfield, Driffield, Yorks (2nd part of Mr. Percy Ashley’s article on the Mouse Fancy, past and present, this article deals with stock–some have excelled, some have failed); Show Promoter’s Thanks by Percy Ashley (Manchester show April 5, 1952, with 1044 entries, duplicate classes half price).
Fur & Feather April 24, 1952 Fur and Feather April 24, 1952, No. 3227, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. C. H. Johnson in these National Mouse Club Notes says: It’s the Minor Points That Matter (Mr. Percy Ashley concludes his account on the mouse Fancy past and present with observations: color of Tan feet, eyes, coat, specialize, need to judge on more than color, one enthusiast covers costs of show); Over 1OOO Entries for Failsworth by R. Ward (show report May 5, 1952, over 1000 entries); Reports of the Shows (mention of Manchester championship mouse show had 1044 entries); ad for book The Fancy Mouse by A. C. Jude
Fur & Feather May 1, 1952 Fur and Feather May 1, 1952, No. 3228, Vol. 115, Idle, Bradford, Yks. National Mouse Club Spring Cup Show: Happy And Successful Event (Rotherham, April 19, 1952, 722 entries) by C. H. Johnson; Rotherham N.M.C, Spring Cup Show (marked and AOV show report by J. Patchett); brief info and photo first page of Ralph Blake.
All-Pets May 1959 All-Pets Magazine May 1959, Vol. 30, number 5, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes an article “Mice as Pets” by Malcolm Davis.
All-Pets June 1959 All-Pets Magazine June 1959, Vol. 30, number 6, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes an article “Mouse Club Formed in California” about the formation of the American Mouse Club with Richard Pfarr as the Secretary (wrote Modern American Mouse).”
Mice for the Hobbyist, Exhibitor & Scientist 1959 Mice for the Hobbyist, Exhibitor & Scientist: A Practical Guide to their Breeding, General Management & Exhibiting. Sixth Edition (revised) by J. Wood. 1959. Fur and Feather, Watmoughs Limited, Idle, Bradford. A really old fancier’s book. Has a chapter on rats.
More Mousey Matters 1960 More Mousey Matters: A Manual of Mousekeeping by R. Pitt Francis. 1960. Second Edition. W.T. Maddock & Co., Printers, Ferndale, Wales, U.K. Includes a chapter on rats, directions on making two kinds of mouse wheels, tells of 7 shades of brown mice, and a mouse show is one of the delights of a lifetime.
All-Pets Sept. 1960 All-Pets Magazine Sept. 1960, Vol. 31, number 9, Fond du Lac, WI. Another American version of England’s Fur and Feather magazine at the time. Includes an article “Fancy Mice: a one ounce tale of success” by Robert J. Wyndham that mentions the American Mouse Club (Pfarr’s group).
Mice and Rats 1961 Mice and Rats by Jean E. Cook. 1961. Iliffe Books, Ltd., London. A really old basic booklet.
Raising Mice and Rats for Laboratory Use 1961 “Raising Mice and Rats for Laboratory Use” Leaflet No. 483 by the United States Department of Agriculture. 1961.
Fur & Feather August 29, 1968 Fur and Feather August 29, 1968, Vol. 131, No. 4076, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire. The Mouse Fancy: On Probation Tony Sheppard Discusses The New Varieties (Argente, Argente Creme, Silver Agouti, Seal Point Siamese–thought it came from Sables and Silver Foxes, Long-haired, Abyssinian–shown 3 years prior in the Unstd. class, Himalayan); Blue Fox Wins Best In Show At Haringey (Aug. 3, 1968, show report, 474 entries); The NMC Secretary Writes...: Summer Shows, Neglected Varieties, Lapel Badges, AGM Agenda; Ellingham A Moderate Success by T. Heath (Aug. 10, 1968 show report, 117 entries) - whole page devoted to mice, has photo of Jack Hartley judging a show mouse, 2nd page has ad for show.
Fur & Feather September 12, 1968 Fur and Feather September 12, 1968, Vol. 131, No. 4078, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire. The Mouse Fancy: Continuing the series: ‘THE WORLD OF MICE’ (pocket mouse, dormice, grasshopper mouse) by John C. Dawson; The National Mouse Club’s Trophies by Stuart Smith; Poem: Ballad To A Fancy Mouse by Margery Hammond.
Fur & Feather December 12, 1968 Fur and Feather December 12, 1968, Vol. 131, No. 4091, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire. THE EXHIBITION MOUSE: There’s Something ‘Sterling’ About Silver; They Say...Must it always be the same faithful few? (same few helpers, all members should help; Foxes are sub-standard (improperly colored feet); Grievous Loss (deaths of Dick Wain and Sid Berry); Melton Meeting (Melton and District Mouse Club); National Mouse Club News: The Secretary Writes (cure for scours, maintaining size and type) by S. Smith, Down South by Tony Jones, The Marked Ones in London by Doreen Cooper (show report for Marked, AOV, Longhaired)
Fur & Feather March 13, 1969 Fur and Feather March 13, 1969, Vol. 132, No. 4104, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire. THE EXHIBITION MOUSE: ‘How To Make A Mouse Box’; Down Memory Lane – with E N Smith (mentions the Hillingdon Mouse Club, held a show in 1953 with just under 1000 entries); Birmingham’s Winners (show report February 23, 1969, included Hooded and AOV rat classes); Rhona Welch’s Enthusiasm In Evidence At Chard (South Western Fanciers Society show report Feb. 2, 1952, by Eric Jukes, new variety of Longhaired mice were shown, also had Junior [exhibitor under 18] and Brood Doe classes).
Fur & Feather May 14, 1970 Fur and Feather May 14, 1970, Vol. 133, No. 4165, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire. THE EXHIBITION MOUSE: ‘She Cut Off Their Tails With A Carving Knife’ But There Is None Of These Mice In Britain (questions asked in past years, asked again—hot weather, Tailless mice, improving type and size in Dutch, using powder to clean show mice); Down Memory Lane – With Ernie Higgs (remembering past fanciers, rats not as popular as in the past and not as big, fancier looking to show rats).
Fur & Feather January 28, 1971 Fur and Feather January 28, 1971, Vol. 134, No. 4194, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire. THE EXHIBITION MOUSE: He Wants To Help To Save The ‘Aristocrats Of The Fancy’ (breeding Sable, clear fish tanks for cages); Get busy on the Tricolour-quickly (photo of a Tricolor, Himalayans are not marked); Are plastic wash bowls successful? (use as cages); Get rats to the shows (club was to be started, LSCMC holds classes for rats, breeders need to show their rats); Standard for the Mongolian Gerbil; drawing of mouse on stack of genetics books; Calder Valley Suggests Reduced Fees For Early Entries (day-of-show entries to cost more); One Of The Most Graceful Of Existing Quadrupeds by Eric Jukes (continuation of series on history of the rat, The clubs, Housing, Cleaning, Feeding, Grooming, Breeding; photo of 13-day-old rat babies).
Unstandardized Varieties Fur & Feather June 1, 1978, England. Unstandardized Varieties by Ann Storey.
Fur & Feather, March 20, 1980 Fur & Feather March 20, 1980, England. Fancy Rats As A Hobby by Helen Dagg.
Fur & Feather, Feb. 19, 1981 Fur & Feather Feb. 19, 1981, England. Swansong At Bradford by Nick Mays.
Fanciful Reflections 1984 Fanciful Reflections: Eighty Years of the Rat Fancy 1901 to 1981 by Nick Mays. 1984. Covers the history of the rat fancy through newspaper and magazine articles.
Part 1, The Rise Of The Rat Fancy 1901–1907
Part 2, The Heyday Of The Rat 1908–1922
Part 3, The Bleak Years 1923–1956
Part 4, The Brief Revival 1957–1969
Part 5, The Rat Resurgence 1974–1981
Part 6, To The Future 1982–?
Eighteenth Century Japanese Guide-book Rat 2011 Yoso-tama-no-kakehashi; the first Japanese guidebook on raising rats. article by Takashi Kuramoto, published in Experimental Animals, Vol. 60 (2011) No. 1 P 1-6. Yoso-tama-no-kakehashi was written in 1775 and was in 2 volumes (volume 1, volume 2 on the National Diet Library web site).

See the History of the Fancy: An Archive of Newspapers, Magazines, and Books Pertaining To The Fancy, with emphasis on the U.S.A. for more articles.


Updated September 2, 2017