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Maryland Chicken: 1920

Maryland Chicken: 1920

1920. "Poultry at government farm. Beltsville, Maryland." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.



This was probably taken at the USDA's Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC). This is one of last two operating farms inside the Capital Beltway (also also see Oxon Hill farm).

This picture reminds me

of an old Little Milton blues tune:

If I don't love you baby,
grits ain't groceries,
eggs ain't poultry,
and Mona Lisa was a man.

FDA Farm

This picture brings back so many memories! My aunt worked at this farm for the FDA doing research on cows. There was many a weekend spent with her naming the new batches of cows she would get.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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