Monday, June 18, 2012

Milking Tunes



Today's picture is  from 1923 and shows a man milking a cow. What is unique about this picture is that the man has rigged up a radio, antenna and headphones so he can listen to the radio while milking. Also note he is using the technique of feeding the cow to keep the cow pacified while being milked. Wonder what he listened to while milking.

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  1. I guess my remarks about NOT having problems with the cows while milking them stem from the fact that we did feed them some nice hay while they were in their stalls. I was not aware that was not a common practice, That would account for the fact that the cows wanted to go to their stalls and wait for the milker to come.
    But this was in the 1950's, so I guess milking cows had progressed some by then

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  2. Hay to kept the cows happy, radio to keep the milker happy.

    By the way,that is a nice set up he had for his radio.
    Every thing was on a wheelbarrow so that nothing was left in the milking area to be walked on by the cows. I would guess that he was using a battery to run his radio

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  3. When a milk cow's udder is full, she gets uncomfortable and she heads for the barn. She also knows that it is feeding time, and a long line of cows will string across the field, heading in.

    We had a terrible, tragic event at a neighboring dairy farm years ago. One of the employees shot the owner and then himself. The police were everywhere, yellow tape and all -- for hours -- and hours.

    Meanwhile, the cows were all lined up -- waiting to be let into the milking barn -- and getting louder and louder. It took a long time for the employees to get the city cops to understand that the cows had to be milked NOW, not sometime in the distant future. Seventy five cows all mooing loudly in concert finally got their attention.

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  4. Back when I was a kid me and others in the neighborhood knew when the milkman was showing up. He had those glass bottles in the metal racks. He would let us ride on the milk truck down the street. You couldn't get away with that these days! We would hang on near the open doors and get dropped off at the end of the street and walk back. The kid that lived at the end of the street would have 6 or so visitors all at once.

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  5. Surely he's listening to 'moosic'

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    1. Ha Ha Good one Downtown Indy. Predates Mootown so maybe it's clasical moosic, perhaps something from Moozart.

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    2. That last one should have been from Dave 107 not Save 107, LOL.

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    3. Nice one, Dave!

      Although initially, I figured he must be one of the higher-ups in the Little Orphan Annie Fan Club - taking the Ovaltine Secret Decoder Ring to the next level.

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  6. When I was a kid in NJ we would visit the Rotalactor. It was a cool 'merry-go-round' for cows. They'd walk into their stall & get milked as the Rotalactor made a complete circle & then walk off (probably towards the center & down) and back outside. There are pictures on the net.

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  7. I would sing to my goats as I milked them. That would help keep them calm. They misbehaved more when they had food while milking, so I didn't feed them.

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  8. I milked the cow every morning and evening for several years when I was a kid.
    Never forgot to put on the hobbles to keep her from kicking! That was during the 50's and early 60's.

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  9. I know exactly what he was listening to:

    I got the milk 'em in the mornin', feed 'em
    Milk 'em in the evenin' blues
    This old barnyard heffer, got me blue down to my shoes
    I get up in the mornin' before anthing stirs
    I get smacked with a tail full of cockle burs
    I got the milk 'em in the mornin', feed 'em
    Milk 'em in the evenin' blues
    I got the milk 'em in the mornin', feed 'em
    Milk 'em in the evenin' blues

    Sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT73Td1XCgA

    My uncle used to collect records and that was one of them and it was a favourite of mine. I well remember listening to it on his old wind-up gramophone in the early 50s.

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  10. If he was in Texas, he would be trying to get WFAA from Dallas-Ft. Worth. The station for "all" of Texas.

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  11. He probably was listening to "The Yanks are Coming!" (:0) Dean Eddy 84 yr. old former Iowa farm kid.

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  12. Now remember, that was the time of the ROARING 20'S, and the big band era. So he may have been really rocking out to his ear phones

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