When I first looked at this, I almost skipped it. Who would want to listen to an old farm report? But I decided to go ahead with it, and I’m so glad I did! I found a lot of the material here just fascinating.

Canfield Fair 1946
Canfield Fair, Mahoning County, Ohio, 1946

The report starts with a visit to the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County, Ohio, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary. The local reporter describes in detail the entries in a competition for the best home-made tractor (and interviews the 1st and 2nd place winners), which is really interesting. Another segment features a housewife extolling the the wonderful benefits of using DDT in the home (of course, if DDT doesn’t work there’s the amazing new product from the Navy–448, now known as Malathion). There’s also a feature on the history and hoped-for future of the Missouri mule.

There are other reports and features about farm cooperatives, news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and more. All in all, a great snapshot of rural American life in the mid-1940s.

Images of the Canfield Fair found at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmahoni/photos/album3.htm

Canfield Fair 2
Canfield Fair, 1946

 

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