Friday, February 22, 2013

Really Angry Birds

From the John Holly Williams Collection, LLF Library
"Two chickens looking at each other and may be getting ready to fight. The only name noted on folder is Mr. Smith and the date is 2/8/1950." -- Library caption.

I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Animal Rights activists would be all over this today.  

But, back in the 1950s, not much would have been said.  There is quite a story to this and another local breeder who were known far and wide for their fighting birds.  These birds were shipped, via rail lines, to the far reaches of the continental US, and even beyond, according to local lore.  

(Click on the embedded link above to see an earlier posting of Mr. Charles Smith and a little boy, standing at the rail depot with his chickens in crates.) 

Not wishing to ruffle feathers, I will leave this story at that.

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