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Chickenville: 1936

Chickenville: 1936

November 1936. "The chicken range at Westmoreland Homesteads, Penn­sylvania." Where there's dancing nitely at the Fryers Club. Medium format negative by Edwin Locke for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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More than meets the eye

While this picture may seem straightforward at first glance, there are, in fact, many layers represented.

Todays view

I believe this is the front view of the buildings seen to the left. An aerial view shows no signs of any Chickens.

Ditchie Chicks

I think this photo captures the installation of underground water lines from some source behind our point of view.


A member of the Levitt family must have driven by this place and had an aha! moment.

Why did the chicken . . .

... cross the trench?

Fryer's Club?

I think I attended a roast there once.


'...dancing nightly at the Fryers Club.' Dave, you deserve a Pulitzer for that one.

[Better yet, a Pullet-zer. -tterrace]

Great Divide

I'm curious about the deep trench between the two chicken camps. Did the "crunchy peanut butter" side of the camp have to be segregated from the "smooth"?

Since chickens can fly a little bit, it doesn't seem like it would be much of a deterrent. Also if my eyes don't deceive me, there's at least one narrow plank walkway.


Imagine the sound that might rise up from such a place, not to mention the smell. The housing, by the way, for the chickens, looks both stylish and military.

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