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Feet First: 1924

Feet First: 1924

December 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Xmas bags distributed by Salvation Army." An addition to the tableau glimpsed here last week. Protruding from the top of each goody bag: A festive spray of chicken feet. View full size.


Let them eat soup

People used to prize chicken feet because they made excellent stock for soup, so I would bet the whole bird was eagerly and gratefully accepted.


I used to deliver Salvation Army bags to senior citizens. The year they had raw chickens in the bags was terrible. I like to never got the smell out of the car. I can imagine the smell of that room.

Chicken Feet In Every Pot

Eight bells a ringin', seven drums a thumpin' six tubas oompin', five tambourines, four Santa suits, three red kettles, two thrift stores and a big ol' bag o' Yuletide Chicken Feet

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