Who Remembers The Catnip Man?
I did a post about a year ago on the Catnip Man
http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/who-remembers-the-catnip-man/. I received an email today from Ann Flood of Florence, Oregon with this picture. She and her husband operate a collectibles shop there called Treasures by the Dunes.
In 2005, they purchased this painting of the Catnip Man at an auction in New Hampshire. She came across my GMG post while searching for information about the man in the painting, who they both initially thought was a sea captain, and so had purchased the painting because they live on the coast in Oregon. There is no identification as to the artist, who may have been from Beverly because of his note on the back about The Catnip Man standing in front of Salem 5 Cent Savings Bank (presumably the one on Cabot Street in Beverly where Catnip Bill spent a good deal of time during the last years of his life) selling bags of fresh green catnip.
I think it is pretty cool that Catnip Bill has been gone for over 50 years, but he still keeps popping up in unexpected ways.