Mail-order animal catalog from 1972

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26 Responses to “Mail-order animal catalog from 1972”

  1. BobbyMike says:

    Of course everyone knows that Stromberg’s still exist and still sells and mails chickens and other birds to customers….

    http://www.strombergschickens.com/

    Their bird quality is pretty good and you actually get better birds than you get from local feed stores. We’ve used them before, but found a better quality bird (for our pasture poultry) from a smaller “Mom & Pop” outfit.

    Stromberg’s would probably still be shipping, but in the US it’s only legal to ship birds and cold-blooded animals through the mail.

  2. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    Mail order anteaters? Well, I guess it’s better than D-Con.

  3. Lobster says:

    I somehow question the wisdom of giving a bored young child ready access to a nigh-infinite supply of badgers.

  4. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    “Pet Crowing Roosters”. The perfect gift.

  5. Sapa says:

    Would they please send 2 skunks by airmail to my ex-boss?

  6. rebdav says:

    In the US it is still possible to order chickens and other live birds. You need to order a minimum amount and extra space will be filled with so called worthless male chicks as warm live packing peanuts, it is a better fate for the boys than being thrown live into a trash can.
    Mail order is a way for people who do not live near a feed store or rural hardware store to obtain pet chickens, turkeys, ducks, peacocks, and quail.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, rebdav, it’s more common to throw the male chicks into a cull line at the facility (where they are ground, live, in an auger) than to mail them with pullets. Do a search on YouTube for “killing male chicks” and it’s the first vid that comes up.

    • andygates says:

      “Warm live packing peanuts” has to be the phrase of the day.

  7. boldlygo says:

    Can I get an armadillo? That would be cool

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I think I’ll just order me up one of them raccoons. They’re so hard to find otherwise.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We’ve mail-ordered a couple of ducks and tortoises before (from different places, of course :P). They all survived the experience. The ducks were a tidge dehydrated because UPS “lost track” of the box at one stop on their route, but they were fine after I gave them some water+electrolytes. The tortoises were hatchlings, and probably slept the whole way.

  10. Tgg161 says:

    Here’s an excellent article about a person who mail-ordered a monkey in the late 60s:
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18236

  11. Tgg161 says:

    …which I just noticed is in the > Previously section. I must have read it on BoingBoing.

  12. Ryanwoofs says:

    Who the hell would want to open up a box with a stinky, pissed off badger in it?

  13. ackpht says:

    You had me at “tatoo pliers”.

  14. Gemma says:

    I remember almost nothing about one of the old/original Grand Theft Auto games, apart from one of the radio ads that would run for PetsOvernight.com.

    I didn’t actually know that animals got/get posted like this however. Apart from smaller creatures such as bees. (I have seen bees listed on the Royal Mail website of things you *can* post…. with the correct packaging.)

  15. Teapunk says:

    I remember my grandmother told me one of her dachshunds arrived by mail. He was a black short hair and she could hardly see him through the airholes. He didn’t only survive that ordeal but developed into a lovely dog and had a long and happy life.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just like in “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” book…

  17. arbitraryaardvark says:

    I just wanted to order a few squirrels. My neighborhood has gray squirrrels, but no black white red or tufted ones. Google so far has failed me.

  18. Latzenpratz says:

    Badgers? Badgers? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgers!

  19. PaulR says:

    What, nearly ten comments and no obligatory XKCD reference?

    Jeepers, people:
    http://xkcd.com/325/

    Now, er, STILL with tooltip typo goodness!

  20. Felton / Moderator says:

    No honey badgers or fossas? Typical. Okay, send me an ocelot.

  21. nanuq says:

    Life truly sucks for a fur bearing varmint. I hate to think what happens to animals in transit during a mail strike.

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