Swinetacular

Saturday Swinetacular: Find That Duroc

Sometimes, when I’m avoiding more important work, I dig through the Library of Congress online database for vintage pig and hog pictures. This one is undated, but I’d place it mid-1900s if I had to wager a guess. And on the later end of “mid,” […]

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Saturday Swinetacular: This Little Piggy

I have (what may be) an unhealthy fascination with old children’s toys, books, and pictures. They always seem so odd at first, like they’re not at all fit for children. But then I think about how the children’s toys, books, and shows of today would […]

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Saturday Swinetacular: Curtis Whitlock’s Purebred Sow

This circa 1940 photo of farmer, Curtis Whitlock, and his prized purebred sow comes from the Shorpy vintage photo collection. The caption provided says that Farmer Whitlock bought his sow, some foundation dairy cows, and a “fine work mare” with a loan from the Farm […]

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Saturday Swinetacular: Pork People Like, circa 1956

Recently I wrote an article for Modern Farmer on The Rise and Fall of The Great American Hog. This video was not the least of the bits of inspiration that went into it so I thought it might also be a good piece of vintage […]

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Saturday Swine-tacular: Home is Where The Heart Is

I don’t think this one requires explanation folks. It just is. Happy Saturday! :: :: :: Saturday Swine-tacular is a (mostly) weekly account of all things both spectacular and swine. The curious, the delectable, the downright ridiculous; all porcine, all the time.

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Saturday Swine-tacular: In Case of Ingested Radium? Make Sausage!

Apparently, a certain South Dakota hog met his death in 1935 after ingesting a “mislaid” radium capsule at the hospital’s dumping grounds. The article, which appeared in the January 1935 issue of Science and Mechanics describes how scientists figured out where the radium had gone […]

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Saturday Swine-tacular: Boys! Girls! Raise Pigs!

During World War I keeping a plentiful food supply while the nation’s men were over seas fighting was a serious concern. This was prior to the automation we benefit from today, prior to the efficient preservation methods we enjoy with modern canning and refrigeration. Supporting […]

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Saturday Swine-tacular: All Dressed Up

Meet George J. Nicholls, who in the year 1894 took his crazy love of swine to the certifiably bat-shit level. Having designed his morbidly realistic side-of-bacon costume himself, he managed to sweep the Covenant Garden Fancy Dress Ball, and took home the First Place prize: […]

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