Thursday, April 09, 2009

theme thursday = egg

Moving from a big city to a rural area
a most interesting lesson
in how things might have
used to be.

Aside from stores, many people
leave a box and sign near the
end of their driveway and
trust you to leave your
money in a box.

photo: Harris & Ewing Collection 1930
click to enlarge picture

Being a city kid, this is helpful
understanding real
egg production.

photo: unknown

Those must have been the
days of
lots of baking and cooking.

photo: Jack Delano at the Farm Security Administration

Never realized you had to clean eggs.

And for those of you too young to have seen
Pink Flamingos by John Waters at the Midnight Movies
way back when, here's Edie
who just loved
eggs and couldn't wait for a visit
from the Eggman ; )


Reyjr said...

lol. the last photo was a bit disturing. haha!

R.L. Bourges said...

You never realized you have to clean eggs? You are a big city boy, aren't you?

Judging from reyjr's reaction, it's a good thing you're taking care of educating the younger generations one step at a time. Special message for reyjr: you do NOT - repeat NOT - want to see the movie! :-)

Truth be told, I myself prefer the music selection you chose to watching Pink Flamingos. Eh. C'est comme ├ža.

Great pics - and thanks for that chicken diagram thingie. It's all clear to me now.


tut-tut said...

Love all the photos, esp. the diagrammatical one. Happy Theme Thursday to you, CM.

Candie said...

Interesting pictures.Demonstrative eggs! :)

Anonymous said...

Ha! We never cleaned the eggs( unless they were going to market ). Right from the hen-house to the fryin' pan! Great references and pics, C.M. And have a "hoppy" Easter!!

California Girl said...

I really should write my own TT essay before reading those of others. You guys are so fanciful and I cannot think of a thing. That photo of the mechanics of egg laying chicken is a scream! I have never seen it. That would have been very instructive in grade school. Ha! Wonderful images and thoughts. Never saw "Pink Flamingos" but I remember when it came out. That's the scratch & sniff film he made, right?

Brian Miller said...

just what is going on inside that chicken. anything that is going to drop out of the south end of an animal that is going to be eaten by me, needs to be cleaned. lol. nice pics.

Joanne said...

A farmstand near here leaves out a box with a bit of cash when they're closed, in case you want a few ears of corn, or need a tomato or two. The honor system, def has its charm. They don't sell eggs, though.

Butternut Squash said...

We moved from the city to the country too. The kids and I get our eggs from the Menonnite family down the road. We had to ask twice about chickens laying eggs because we just couldn't believe that they lay one everyday. We still thinks it's an outrageous miracle.

Wings1295 said...

Wow... that went from old-fashioned pics to a really bizarre one. John Waters is... unique.

Cheryl Cato said...

I love the old photos ... they remind me of one of my mother in her brand, spanking new total electric kitchen in the early 1940s (a few years before I was born). It was in the local newspaper & she was so pretty.

Tess Kincaid said...

My inlaws on their farm in Kansas always had a sign at the end of their drive that just said "eggs". The eggs would be out on the porch with a little box for the money, just like you decribed.

Loved these photos!

New Yorker wannabes said...

Good times :-)

Great TT post. Thank you for sharing!

Peace and love

Megan said...

The inner workings of a chicken! Oh my.

ArtSparker said...

Love the chicken machine chart thingy - what a cultural artifact, one for the space capsule.

The Clever Pup said...

Thanks for this collection of egg pictures. I did not know until recently that young hens lay small eggs, old hens lay large eggs. Its a fact!

Kurt said...

Just went to John Waters' gallery show in NYC yesterday. It was terrific.

Ronda Laveen said...

Of course eggs need to be cleaned. Think of where they come from. Merle Haggard lives just a few miles from where I do in upper northern California. He almost always puts on a holiday charity concert for community fund raisers. Great pictures and music!

Tom said...

gosh, she is really enjoying those word! I'm not sure i understood the chicken diagram, but i'm not an engineer.

DineometerDeb said...

You just reminded me how different farm fresh eggs taste from store bought. I remember we had some at one time, dont know from where since we lived deep in the big, big city, and I remember my mom washing them in the sink because they did not come completely clean like the ones at the store. Thanks for the memory!

Whoistin-tinandsnowy? said...

Hi! C.M.,
Once again!...Thanks, for sharing the information about eggs, the photo(s) (Especially, the photograph of the chicken display) and the sounds.
Running a little late...because I'am a "bit under the weather" too!
Take care!
Deedee ;-D

Mrsupole said...

When young we sometimes went to Indiana and visited some relatives on a farm, I remember going to the hen house to get the eggs. Kinda scarey thing to do for city kids. And we did have to wash them off, especially if the hen just layed them. I am thinking they were also warm at that stage.

Thanks for the diagram photo, along with the others. I also say that last one was scarey.

God bless.

Dakota Bear said...

We still have a few farm stands in my area that leaves the produce and a money box for the patrons.

lettuce said...

what a fabulous collection of photos

who knew chicken innards were so streamlined?

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks ya'll for your comments.

It was an interesting subject and will get around more this weekend to C yours also.

Squirrel said...

I forgot all about John Waters when thinking about eggs. I figured you;d talk about Hungarian Egg Coffee. (Maybe give a recipe for it)

I tried to visit your blog yesterday but couldn't get in here for some reason--- wah!

Coffee Messiah said...

squirrel: Hey, Thanks for coming by. I gave the drink a thought, but was too obvious, so didn't do it ; )

tony said...

Great Photos!
You& Yours Have A Fine Easter.
Bestest Wishes

Dot-Com said...

Not sure how I feel about that last picture *lol*

Cuppa Jo said...

yes, yes, one should wash the egg, yes.

Cuz otherwise that's just gross.

Nice pics!

Coffee Messiah said...

tony: Thanks and 2 your family also!

d-c: She was a hoot, 2 B sure.

cuppa-j : O

Miles said...

many years back when my only ambition in life was to simply grow my hair long enough to simply tie a rope around it and forego clothing, i camped on the wild yuba river for 8 glorious months. to earn food & gas money, i purchased unwashed eggs for 5¢ a dozen from a local poultry farm, cleaned them up and resold them from the back of a flatbed truck for 20-30¢ below the market price at a makeshift roadside stand in grass valley. life sure seemed simpler then too.

thanks as well for the ellen mcilwaine. that's songs been part of my live repertoire for years now. a great talent!

Kris McCracken said...

I don't want any of those eggs from Pink Flamingos. I was going to use a quote from the film in my title, but it didn't really fit the image.

Coffee Messiah said...

miles: Nice story! I've had EM in my rotation ever since she was played on KSAN. Her and Barbara Keith!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

egg-cellent assortment of photos & info.....

okay it's sunday and I'm still reading tt's been a crazy busy week....

Coffee Messiah said...

kris: I will have to take a look.

kimy: No problem here. ; )