Monday, December 12, 2011

Travel by Old Car



Travel week continues today with this picture of travel by old car. The picture was taken in 1939 in California. This would have been towards the end of the Great Depression.

Well, reading the comments yesterday, it appears that public opinion is once again running against me. I was all ready to cut power to Chickie Town, but it appears that the emerging consensus of visitors is suggesting this would not be wise. So, once again I look out this morning and see a warm orange glow out in Chickie Town.

15 comments:

  1. That old car looks like it had lots of leg room and head space. Something I wish more cars had today. I think that they were wider as well so three adults, or teen-aged children could sit in the back comfortably.
    Actually, separate compartments for each kid might not be a bad idea.

    How cold does it get in Christoval?

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  2. In Christoval, down in the 20's is usually considered pretty cold. Last winter we had some nights of single digits, and maybe hit zero one night.
    PJM

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  3. 16 above and no snow yet.

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  4. I was going to say, back in 1939 that wasn't such an old car, but I looked at it again and change my mind. If not old, it sure has seen better times. It almost looks like it has wood spoke wheels on it.

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  5. chicken the other white meat

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  6. I live in central NM. The temps have been much colder here than in the past, and yes dropping down to the low teens and single digits at night. My chicken coop is mostly wire with a wood frame and roof so it is not completely enclosed as your coop appears to be. The chickens are all weathering the temps at night and I have not noticed any problems (other than the frozen waterers). I agree with the others who were concerned with the health issues about too much heat. If you are really concerned, just add another layer of hay, etc. on the floor of the coop as insulation.

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  7. The car looks like a mid 20's Ford Model T Sedan

    http://fordimages.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=63393&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0

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  8. My husband put a heat lamp in our coop for our nine hens and one rooster. We've been getting 5-6 eggs a day. (One of the hens isn't old enough to lay yet.) Maybe you can find a cheaper source of heat and once your hens are staying warm consistently, they'll start laying again.

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  9. Chicken soup always warms me up! Ohhh sorry, your trying to keep the chickens warm.

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  10. Oh, Myrtle! Separate compatments for each child is a wonderful idea! We have three children, and I always told them "Never have more
    kids than car windows".

    I remember reading an ad for a 1920 something-mobile which boasted that "with proper maintenence it was possible to travel uo to 100 miles in a day". No wonder people well "Get a horse!"

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  11. I'd prefer train over anything, but there's definitely a charm in 1920s-era automobiles not present in modern transportation.

    Is charm worth a longer drive with more breakdowns? Hmm.

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  12. PJM -

    First, I enjoy this blog daily, but seldom have time to comment.

    Second, I kept a small flock of chickens (12 to 24) for years, in the high desert of central Washington where the temp sometimes fell to 10 below and stayed there for days. If the coop is enclosed except for a door opening, and if it's sized so they roost huddled together, they shouldn't need heat. What they do need is water. I took mine warm water first thing in the morning and again before sunset, sometimes at noon too. They need plenty of feed. Jan's suggestion about extra hay or straw on the floor is a good one as well.

    Peace be with you.

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  13. My folks' 1952 maroon Chevy Styleline fordor sat 2 adults and 2 small children in the front seat and 7 small to medium-sized squiriming children in the backseat. At night, on the way home, the back window ledge held a sleeping child and the wheel wells either side of the "hump" held another. Ahhh . . . what good family memories.

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  14. The conditions have been much wintry here than in the last, and yes losing down to the low kids and individual numbers in the evening. My hen coop is mostly line with a timber shape and top so it is not absolutely dark as your coop usually be.I believe the fact with the others who were worried with the health problems about too much warm.

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  15. The moment I saw this photo it was obvious where it was taken. That is a shot of the southbound lanes of highway 99 now called I-5 heading up the Grapevine from Bakersfield California to Los Angeles. Grapes of Wrath era...

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