The Old-Timer's
Poultry Library

New From Planet Whizbang 
& Herrick Kimball...

35 choice volumes from America's golden era of poultry popularity, converted to pdf files, and compiled onto a SanDisk flash drive.

Plug the flash drive into your computer and the Old-Timer's Poultry Library can be easily read, or printed out. 

One of the Old-Timers
(photo by Dorothea Lange)

The old-timer's truly had a passion for poultry. We know this because in the years between circa 1900 to 1940 a great many poultry books, magazines and bulletins were published. There were also many poultry clubs. Poultry-raising was so widespread, in fact, that various poultry feeds were sold in the popular A&P grocery stores of the day (that would be the equivalent of buying egg-laying mash at Walmart today).

The many writings from America's golden era of poultry popularity are a remarkable historical storehouse of information and insights about raising poultry. With that in mind, Planet Whizbang has created the Old-Timer's Poultry Library. This electronic library, housed in a high-quality USB flash drive, is like a fascinating time capsule from the old-timers.

All of the pdf files in the library are original-copy scans from Herrick Kimball's personal collection of poultry agriphemera. All you have to do to have instant access at any time to all the volumes is plug the "Poultry Library" flash drive into the USB port of your computer (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, & Mac OS X v10.6+). 

All 35 volumes are on a 4GB flash drive just like this. 
Note: we could put these same agriphemera poultry
resources on a CD for much less money, but flash
drives are easier to use on the standard computer,
and the information is faster to access.

Many of the volumes in the Old Timer's Poultry Library are rarities. All of them together, loaded onto a top-quality SanDisk flash drive, for only $12.95, are a great value.

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Women were avid old-timer poultry enthusiasts too!

Here's what's in the 
Old Timer's Poultry Library....

This booklet is a 21-page excerpt from Agriphemera's
best selling PDF download,
625 Ideas For The Farm & Household
(from 1919) 

#2 to #13
This complete (12 booklets—280 pages) Ful-O-Pep correspondence course from 1923 is a true rarity. The 100-question final examination is also included (but not the answers). The course was offered by the Quaker Oats Company, makers of Ful-O-Pep poultry feeds. There's a lot of information crammed into these lessons.

144-page book, published in 1933 and distributed by the Beacon Milling Company of Cayuga, N.Y. Lots of photos and line drawings. One of the best all-around resources from the old-timers on the subject of raising poultry. 

This 131-page book, published in 1903, is exactly what title says... 999 questions and answers about poultry. It's a neat idea for a book. It's also fun to read and very informative. Questions are grouped into chapters titled as follows: Special Questions For The Fancier, Eggs, Feeding, Chicks, Houses, Diseases, Natural and Artificial Incubation & Brooding, Turkeys, Ducks and Geese, Miscellaneous.

30-page book published by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in 1937. Basic guidelines for care and feeding of  poultry. Has a unique two-page symptom/disease chart that makes it easy to diagnose poultry problems, then causes and simple treatments are discussed. For example, for the treatment for mites: "Apply ointment made of one part caraway oil to five parts melted vaseline."
 32-page book published by The Carey Salt Company. Circa 1925. Subject titles include, The Housing of Poultry, Selecting The Breed, The Care of Baby Chicks, Poultry Feeding, Mash Mixtures For Laying Hens, Turkeys Are Money Makers, Feeding Ducks & Goslings, How to Set a Hen.

38-page book published by Corno Feeds. Circa 1938. Subject titles include, The Hen—How Good is She? (on how to properly cull old birds),  Body Capacity, Wings Indicate Molt, Artificial Lighting (with a plan for making a time switch using an alarm clock), Feeding For Eggs, What Hens Eat in a Year, Feeding by Seasons for Egg Production, Getting Maximum Egg Production, Fattening Your Birds For Market, Poultry Diseases.
Several photos & drawings.

16-page book from 1946. Simple plans for homemade electric brooder, feeders, range waterers & hay feeding rack.
32-page book published by the Poultry Tribune in 1937. Subject titles include, The 10 Commandments of Chick Raising, Fresh Ground Insures Good Pullets, What and How to Feed, Building Range Shelters, How to Fight Poultry Worms, How to Control Mites and Lice, Culling Simplified, Light Helps Fill the Egg Basket, Build Yourself a Modern Poultry House, How to Use Batteries, How to Linebreed for More Eggs!, Turkeys Are Easy to Raise. 

119-page book, published in 1930 by Dr. Hess & Clark, Inc., a company that sold various poultry medications. Lots of useful information about poultry anatomy, various diseases, vitamins, rations & feeding, care of chicks. Hess & Clark products are mentioned but not such that it detracts from the value of the information.

60-page book, published by The Stockman-Farmer Publishing Co., in 1917. Covers all the basics of raising poultry for  eggs and meat. (text is clear but many photos are not)

18-page book from 1926. Subject titles include: Rearing Chickens With Hens, Brood Coops,  Artificial Brooding, Hovers, Brooders & Brooding Systems, Stove Brooder House (plans), Hot-WaterPipe Brooders, Fireless Brooders, Correct Temperatures For Brooding, Feeding Young Chicks and Toe Punching & Banding.

24-Page booklet, published by Poultry Tribune in 1927. Discussion, photos and blueprints for the following: 10x12 Shed-Roof Brooder House, Missouri Type 20x20 Straw Loft Laying House, 20x40 Shed Roof Laying House, A Model 24 x 24 Unit House (Perfected at Poultry Tribune Experimental Farm), Missouri 30 x 30 Straw Loft Laying House, A Two-Story 1500-Hen House. Several "Handy Helps" are in the back of the book, along with plans for  "The Ohio Reel Mash Feeder" and "No-Waste Range Feed Hopper."

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38-page book from 1940.
Discusses 29 varieties of chickens raised for meat and/or eggs.
With a photographs of each.

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22-page book from 1928. Subject titles include: Varieties, Standard Weights, Selecting Breeding Stock, Management of Breeding Stock, Incubating the Eggs, Rearing the Poults,  and Fattening For Market.
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22-page book from 1933.
Discusses breeds of ducks and the raising of ducks.

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The USB flash drive will be shipped to you by First Class mail. Simply plug it into your computer and you'll have access to over 1,200 pages of information and inspiration about poultry from the old-timers.

Important Note: The Old-Timer's Poultry Library has been created to provide valuable historical insights and how-to information as an adjunct to modern-day poultry manuals. As such, this library is an excellent course in poultry-raising, or as a reference resource. However, some information may be outdated. 

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Another Old-Timer
(photo by Dorothea Lange)

Photo from the book, "Poultry Profits."

Production Of Drug
And Condiment Plants

This PDF scan is of a 99-page booklet that was obviously owned by someone who actually read and appreciated it. Penciled notes and tape repairs are evident.

The book begins as follows...

Interest continues from year to year in the possibility of growing medicinal and condiment plants for profit. Many of them are grown abroad under soil and climatic conditions similar to those in parts of this country, and large sums are expended annually for the imported products.
Our dependence on foreign sources for botanical drugs and condiments was clearly shown during the two world wars—as soon as hostilities broke in Europe shortages developed here. The supplies on hand are generally limited and soon exhausted, and in such circumstances their market value increases rapidly. This stimulates the recurring interest in growing the special crops from which they are obtained.
To reduce our dependence on importations and to provide even a small additional source of income to farmers when conditions are favorable, the cultivation of drug and condiment plants should be encouraged whenever circumstances indicate that the enterprise might be successful.

A general discussion of plant propagation and handling is followed by specific details about 60 different drug and condiment plants (from aconite to wormwood). Black and white photos of most of the plants are provided.

I see this primarily as a reference book. Anyone interested in growing herbs for personal use or as a business venture will appreciate the historical perspective and the practical insights. 

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Apple Book
(circa 1910)

This rare and delightful booklet from the very early 1900s has 36 pages and "197 delicious health-giving apple recipes, each tested by an expert in domestic economy." It was published by the International Apple Shipper's Association. 

Apple salads, apple sauces, apple butter, apple conserve, apple catchup, apple custard, apple cobbler, apple dumplings, apple Jonathan, apple jellies, apple goodie, apple omelet, apple pone, apple cakes, apple chips, apple pies, apple puddings, apple punch, apple sponge, apple tarts, apple slump, baked apples, and lots more!

Here are three apple recipes as they appear in the book...

The original booklet measures 4.5" x 7" but the scanned copy is enlarged to fit on a standard sheet of paper.

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Mental Nuts
Can You Crack 'em?

Here's something really neat from the world of agriphemera!

This PDF reprint of a unique 1897 booklet describes itself as "A book of Old Time Catch or Trick PROBLEMS. Regular old Puzzlers that kept your granddad up at night." 100 of these old-time tricks and puzzlers are in the 32-page booklet. 

Here are three of the Mental Nuts you'll find in the book...

This would make for a great homeschooling resource. It would also be a lot of fun at a party (for some people). Or print it off and give it as a gift to someone you know who likes puzzling word tricks and mental challenges.

Answers to all the tricks and puzzlers are in the back of the book.

The booklet was written by S.E. Clark and was distributed by the American Waltham Watch Co. of Waltham Mass. 

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Talking Turkey
(circa 1930)

This rare 32-page booklet (with 6 photos and 6 illustrations) was produced by the Beacon Milling Company of Cayuga, NY. Beacon was a large operation, with their own experimental farms. The  company was purchased by Cargill and shut down in 1968.

"Talking Turkey" begins with these words:
Turkey raising need no longer be a gamble. It is a highly profitable undertaking when the heavy losses due to disease are eliminated.
The plan outlined in this booklet, if followed to the letter, will enable farmers to raise turkeys profitably. It has been tested by poultry experts and on hundreds of farms where conditions are average. It is a workable plan, requires no costly equipment, involves no elaborate preparations and can be carried out on any farm.
The information in this booklet is geared for small farms in northern climates, raising turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The primary concern with turkeys when this booklet was written was blackhead, a disease that devastated whole flocks of the birds. Blackhead is discussed early in the book.

"Talking Turkey" says that blackhead was caused by a "germ" in the soil, but these days we know that blackhead is actually caused by a protozoa that lives in soil and can survive for long periods. It’s still around (you can read an interesting modern-day discussion about it At This Link). 

Bronze, Hollands and Bourbon Reds were the most common turkey breeds when this booklet was published. It was assumed that the farmer would have hens and toms, and raise their own poults. Proper feeding of the breeders is discussed, as is artificial incubating and natural hatching. Movable brooder coops are also discussed.

Rearing of poults on open lots of pasture land is recommended as being more desirable than "rearing platforms" of wire or concrete. "Battery rearing" is discouraged. But platform and battery recommendations are provided.

A "Feeding Schedule" is provided. Various Beacon feed rations are, of course, recommended, but there is a lot of information about what is in the different feeds and why. One of the more interesting feed recommendations, in addition to a box of oyster shell grit, is charcoal: "A box of charcoal should be kept before the birds. This will help in preventing..."

Various "Ailments of Turkeys" are discussed in the last pages of the booklet. A homemade "worm oil" mixture consisting of mineral oil and rectified turpentine is discussed and recommended as a regular treatment.

If you have any interest in raising turkeys on your homestead, I think you will appreciate the information presented in this booklet. The historical perspective can serve as a valuable adjunct to present-day information about raising turkeys.

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Making Vinegar
In The Home
And On The Farm

If you are interested in the subject of making your own vinegar, and you want to learn more about vinegar-making than you will get from the average online tutorial, you will appreciate this 28-page PDF download (with 10 illustrations). It will give you some historical perspective along with the practical information. Here is how the bulletin describes itself...

"Vinegar can be made from any fruit, or, in fact, from any material which contains enough sugar and is in no way objectionable.

Whether it is done on a small scale in the home, or on a larger scale on the farm, or in a still larger scale in the factory, the production of vinegar is the result of two distinct fermentation processes—an alcoholic fermentation followed by an acetic fermentation.

By using the materials and following the methods discussed in this bulletin, vinegar of good quality may readily be made from apples, peaches, grapes, and other fruits, large quantities of which are wasted each year in the United States."

The making of vinegar using apples, grapes, oranges, peaches, persimmons, pears, berries, honey, maple syrup, watermelons, grains, and molasses is discussed. Fermenting, filtering, clarifying, aging, pasteurizing, and packing are also covered. In addition to simple home vinegar production, a larger-scale, continuous-barrel process is explained. For commercial vinegar production, the bulletin describes how to make and use a "quick vinegar generator."

There is also a discussion of "Causes of Failure" and "Animal Parasites" (vinegar eels and vinegar mites).

Testing for acid strength of the vinegar is covered near the end of the bulletin. However, the testing process in 1924 seems better suited to someone with a scientific or laboratory background. The bulletin ends with "Federal Regulations Governing The Manufacture And Sale Of Vinegar."

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P.S. For an online tutorial on the subject of making your own apple cider vinegar, check out this link: How I Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Homemade vinegar!

How To Kill And Bleed
Market Poultry

This rare old bulletin goes into great detail explaining where the main arteries in a chicken's neck are located, where they intersect before going into the skull, and where to make a small slice (through the mouth, into the back of the throat) so that the bird bleeds out cleanly. The details of this old technique are fully described AND illustrated with 5 clear drawings.

Also described in detail is the old-time technique of brain-sticking a bird to loosen the feathers for hand-plucking.

Instructions for making a small knife (out of a file) for killing and brain-sticking are on the last page.

Even if, after giving it a try, you do not decide to utilize the through-the-mouth bleeding technique in this bulletin (our opinion is that it tends to bleed the birds more slowly than an outside-the-neck artery slice), the information and illustrations are invaluable when it comes to making an intelligent outside-the-neck bleeding cut (without cutting the bird's esophagus and trachea).

After reading this Agriphemera reprint, you will, without a doubt, be able to kill and bleed the poultry you butcher with much more skill. 

12 pages and 6 illustrations

This is one of the excellent illustrations
found in this bulletin

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