Ya’ got any chickens?

Well, apparently if you were the average woman, or even a sophisticated society lady, in the 1950s, you would have been part of the “nation craze for hen and rooster figurines.”

Following along with a nation craze for hen and rooster figurines we have them in all sizes. The colors will blend with any color scheme.

The Daily Times (Davenport Iowa), 25 Nov 1952, p.21.

And just in case you were not sure what to do with your chickens,

Another shipment of hen and rooster figurines in attractive natural colors. 7 inches tall and may be used in groups or singly. Ceramic………EACH $1

The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas), 31 Jul 1951, p. 30.

The society pages carried numerous stories of bridal showers or teas that featured a “hen and rooster” motif, and items about women who collected hen and rooster sets. They also came in sets of roosters, and a planter/lamp in a rooster design. These were in the top cabinets in Mother’s kitchen, discovered when Sis and I cleaned out the house. The one on the far left (pink and brown) is not vintage–my grandmother painted it when she was in the long-term care facility after she could no longer manage at mother’s. The other two are not a matched set, but familiar to me, and I cannot recall accurately if they were both mother’s or if one of them might have belonged to one of my grandmother’s.

Unless someone gave them to her, I cannot see my mother decorating with roosters. She was more interested in function, like book-ends, lamps, jewelry boxes, teapots, and of course, in the 50s, ashtrays and candy dishes. I can remember those items, but the memory connected with the chickens is tied to my grandmother. Most of both grandmother’s things ended up with Mother for storage or disposal simply because she was the one who was there. She and my dad were always the ones who took care of their parents because they always lived within a few miles of their homes, with the exception of the two years they were in the Texas Panhandle. Growing up, I was in and out of their houses almost as often as my own, and as an adult, I visited them every single time I went home, and after my son was born, I took him with me to visit. It was simply what we were expected to do.

Even a few men joined the “craze!” I just had a moment of deja vu, and the black and white cow craze of the 90s. Did you collect chickens? Cows? Lions, elephants, or cats?

Newspaper sources right to left: Green Bay Press, Jan 14, 1950, p.5; Richmond Times Dispatch, Mar 14, 1954, p. 44; Los Angeles Times, Apr 2, 1950, p. 186; Janesville Daily Gazette, Aug 5, 1953, p. 4.

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11 Responses to Ya’ got any chickens?

  1. Beth says:

    Sweet memories and a good chuckle in this post. 600 hen and rooster salt and pepper shakers are too many to keep dusted, LOL!

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  2. davidprosser says:

    I can recall a madness for collecting fancy and humerous cruets which included Hens and Roosters but my abiding memory of the 50’s and 50’s were always of sets of 3 birds (Geese probably) flying up the lounge wall or of heads of various characters by a firm called Bossons which often hung in the hallway between front door and lounge. During later years and even now it seems to be collectible plates or teapots tat fill all the nooks and crannies (crooks and nannies).
    At my age I have a problem collecting my thoughts.
    Huge Hugs

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I had to laugh at the last line! I know what you mean–everything seems to be more difficult these days, except that I think I am a lot smarter than I have ever been before–I finally started paying attention to the universe. 🙂

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  3. Betty says:

    I don’t recall my mother or grandmother collecting chickens – or really even collecting anything. Me neither. Although, I guess I have to admit to having several “pigs with wings.” Fun post! You do inspire me to treasure old things, things my mother or grandmother had. Enjoy your day!

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  4. Oh yeah… I remember the cow craze…

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  5. I remember when people collected roosters! My mother had a few. And as a child I collected salt and pepper shakers. Still have a couple. Thanks for the memories.

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  6. Oh, my gosh, the clutter of the 1950s generation. Do you remember, some people collected Hummel figurines from Germany? I am amazed at some of the prices that these Hummels fetch on ebay.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Yes, I remember the Hummel collecting. We had a few pieces of little bric-a-brac, but I am sure it was not Hummel. I can recall a set of a little boy in a green jacket, playing some kind of instrument, and a girl in a blue dress. Mother had them for years–no doubt something from the Five and Dime.


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