Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Chickens From the Past

Monday, April 08, 2013

I'm in the middle of a long post about what we were up to this weekend as we gear up for Spring (finally!), but it's not quite finished.  In the meantime, I thought I would entertain you with something that my lovely mother-in-law emailed to me this weekend.   
She knows that I'm  lover of all things old. 
And I love this page from the 1934 Montgomery Ward catalog that she forwarded!

Back in the day, keeping a garden, raising chickens, etc., was a given.  Everybody did it.  Kinda makes you wonder how and why society changed so much.  But it does seem that more and more people are going back to these traditions, doesn't it?
Let's take a look at what some of these products will cost you in 2013:
48" galvanized chicken feeder
1934 price: $0.59
2013 price: $28.00
Barred Rock chicks
1934 price: $2.20 for 25 chicks
2013 price: $3.00 EACH! 
I wish we had those 1934 prices again, don't you?


  1. I love those old ads. They even had beekeeping supplies listed on it!

  2. Oh my goodness! The price difference is CRAZY! I know I would love some of those old prices around here :)

  3. I would love some of those old prices, too! Great blog by the way. :)

  4. I wish we had the prices without the headaches of 1934!


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