Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Antique Poultry Magazine

The August 1911 Poultry Item is one of the magazines donated to SPPA by Lester Markham. The cover shows a sweet White Oprington hen in her Blue Ribbon picture. The Poultry Item was published by the Item Publishing Company in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. It includes articles on Barnacle Geese, Advice for the Would-be Exhibitor, Are Hens Profitable on Farms?, Good Horse Sense the Main Factor in Poultry Raising, Poultry on a Town Lot and the Great Missouri National Egg-Laying Contest. I like the list of proverbs, that includes such gems as "He that stays in the valley will never get over the hill," and If you would enjoy the fruit, pluck not the flower." There is a lengthy section reporting on shows and clubs.

More wonderful insight into those grand days of poultry!

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