Thursday, August 25, 2011

Win at Crossroads!

The Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities will award the winner of Best Rare Breed at Crossroads Poultry Show in Indianapolis a copy of the 1905 Standard of Perfection. Cash awards will also be given to winners in all categories.

"SPPA is delighted to share our fascinating poultry heritage with other poultry lovers," said Mary Ann Harley, SPPA vice president. "I look forward to seeing many wonderful birds at Crossroads. Which one will win this prize? Our judges will have the wonderful experience of seeing them all."

SPPA maintains a collection of antique poultry books and magazines, managed by historian Christine Heinrichs in California. In August, she provided research from the collection to members inquiring about Crevecoeurs, Jersey Blues and Rhode Island Whites. The collection got its start from a generous donation by Louis Meyi of New Orleans. Other donors have contributed additional books and magazines. The 1905 Standard is a duplicate copy from the collection.

The volume measures six inches by eight inches and has a dark green cover embossed in gold. A Polish rooster is impressed on the cover, although it's not visible in this image. It is illustrated with original drawings by noted poultry artist Franklane Sewell. The American Poultry Association still relies on Sewell’s drawings, and Robert Frost mentioned him in his poem about his favorite hen, “A Blue Ribbon at Amesbury.”

Cornish were called Cornish Indians in 1905, judged in the Oriental Games and Bantams class. There were only six American breeds, four Mediterranean, three English. The Continental Class had not yet been consolidated, so Polish, Dutch and French had their own classes.

Stop by SPPA’s table at Crossroads to see the book on display.

Enter your birds for a chance to win this unique book. To be eligible, join SPPA by sending $15 to Dr. Charles Everett, 1057 Nick Watts Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078, (803) 960-2114 or join online at before October 1. Participate by adding your financial donation to the prize. Prizes will be awarded for Champion and Reserve Champion Rare Breed Large Fowl, American Class; Champion Rare Breed Duck; Champion Rare Breed Turkey; Champion and Reserve Champion RCCL Bantam; Champion and Reserve Champion SCCL Bantam. Donate $80 to contribute $10 to each award. Donations are tax-deductible.
Be part of history. Help conserve historic breeds.

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