|Old Cookie Recipe from Vintage Cook Book|
There were old books to thumb through, the top portion of a wringer washer, old tubs and buckets, rusty trusty hames with horse sweat dried on them long ago...and OOODLES of BASKETS! Goodness me - I could not believe the number of baskets on display out there on the grass!
|Handle of an Antique Chicken Snatcher!|
I spied something and grabbed onto it as I looked at some Ole ChRiStmAs OrNieS on another table, then asked the sellers if they'd keep a watch on my "prize" as I went inside of the house to see what else might be of interest to me. The man exclaimed, "YOU know what this IS, don't you!!!" "I shore DO!", I replied. It was a handle attached to a 4 ft. long wire pole with a hook at the end - a vintage Chicken Snatcher! A person hooks the chicken by the leg, to be able to quickly catch and treat it or remove it from the rest of the flock....VERY handy indeed!
|Dykstra Poultry Suppliers|
He had just found it this morning and brought it from the shed out back to put in the sale - I figure it must have my name on it! But, I checked, and it had Dykstra Poultry Supplies stamped into the handle, with a phone number that was ancient to most folk - not enough digits for our phones today. Prolly what was once known as a "party line". Anyone know what those were??? (Hint: it has nothing to do with Line Dancing....)
|5 digit phone number|
I made a mental note to "Google" the address, to see what might be in that building today. Stuff like that always interests me, especially seeing as I grew up in the Grand Rapids area. I knew the business would no longer be there - surely it was either bought up by a new owner, or was standing empty like so many old buildings of that era.
When I got up this morning, I fixed me a cuppa joe and proceeded to Google Maps - and after typing in the address on the snatcher handle, the location popped up. It said "approximate" for the location...because....when the street view came onto my screen, I could recognize the buildings in the area, but running my cursor over the photo, the address showed a paved parking lot. BOO.
Let that be a lesson to you. Don't stand still . . . Try to keep up with the changing times. If you stand idle for too long, they'll pave right over top of ye!