1913 Ad of the Week — Make Poultry Pay

March 31, 2008, 7:00 am; posted by
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This is the fourth in a series of real ads from the 1913 World Almanac…

I knew it!
I’ve never liked chickens. Dirty birds, struttin’ and cluckin’ around the barnyard like they own the whole dern farm. What secret power do they hide that allows them to wake before the sun and run around headless? I don’t know, but I’ve always suspected some sort of larceny was involved.
Well, now these avian sneakthieves are in for a rude awakening, thanks to the detective work of Professor Graham over here. All that’s left is for him to give us the skinny (some 1913 lingo for you) on how to get our hard-earned scratch back from the chicks.
So what’s the word, Prof Graham?

Huh. I hate chickens as much as the next guy, but my man Chas. seems more than a little too vindictive here. “How to make poultry pay”? Between his fiery language and his authoritarian mustache, I don’t know that I’d want to give this man my home address for any sort of “personal instruction.”
And while we’re on the subject, what precisely do you think would be in a “home study course” for “practical poultry culture”? A dozen eggs and sheet music for The Chicken Dance? Do you reckon Chas. had an IMpractical poultry culture class, where you could train the birds to ice skate or play the piano?
Oh 1913, why must your mysteries be so elusive?!
View the whole ad here.


1 Comment to “1913 Ad of the Week — Make Poultry Pay”

  1. Chloe on April 3rd, 2008 7:23 am

    I love these ads.

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