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Turkey in the Straw: 1939

Turkey in the Straw: 1939

October 1939. "Temporary buildings on Williams family's new farm. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Stop the Music!

In the early fifties there was a TV show hosted by Bert Parks called Stop the Music in which he would call contestants on the phone and ask them the name of the song playing.

It was usually a pop song of recent vintage and not too hard to guess. If you got that right they played the Mystery Tune which was a little more obscure and worth some money whose value increased each week if it was not guessed.

One Mystery Tune was Turkey In Straw which went for many weeks unnamed except by me. I had watched earlier in the day one of those 1930's Merrie Melodies cartoons and guess what they had a bunch of turkeys in the straw dancing to that melody.

I blurted out Turkey In The Straw but all I got was derision from the family but I stuck to my guns and made a 5 cent bet with my father on it.

Weeks later I was vindicated and I got an extra nickel in my allowance that week.

One of these

is not like the others. It looks like a privy in the middle with a round window in stead of the cartoon favorite crescent. And, yes, I grew up with one.

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