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Anyone remember this old Sports Illustrated cover?

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  1. Porcupine

    Porcupine Active Member

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    I went to an antique store today and found this 1955 copy of Sports Illustrated. A much better magazine in 1955, in my opinion (with the exception of the swimsuit editions, of course!). Inside there are six color pages of American game birds, articles/diagrams on geographical ranges, equipment, shot size, distances, chokes, what to wear when hunting and even recipes! The game bird illustrations include Spanish Red-Legged Partridge, Black Grouse, Eastern Wild Turkey, Chukar Partridge, Turkish Gray Partridge, Sharp-Tailed Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Francolin, Merriam Turkey, Prairie Chicken, Sage Grouse, Ringneck Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Woodcock, Gambel Quail, Bobwhite Quail and the Mourning Dove. Before you ask, the magazine states that the Capercaillie is a member of the grouse family and that it has been "introduced without success into the U.S. from Europe". I love old stuff like this!

    There is also a good photo spread of the 1955 Yankees/Dodgers World Series, and an article with photos about the opening day of grouse season in Scotland.

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    Nice find!!! From a time when it when hunting and shooting was not considered a barbaric activity...
     
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    Nice find! Any chance of posting a couple of scans from inside the magazine?
     
  4. Porcupine

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    For Brian and others .....

    Here's Page 1, one of a series of ads by Ethyl Corporation featuring Road Birds. More to follow ......
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    Here's some interesting reading from the Publisher of Sports Illustrated about the cover and hunting in general.
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    Here's a roundup of the week's news from October 10, 1955. Notice the entries about goose calling and also about the death of James Dean, in his $7,000 Porsche Spyder.
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    Here's the beginning of the article on upland game birds.
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    Color illustrations, first of three ....
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    Color illustrations, second page of three .....
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    Last page of color illustrations, including the famous Capercaillie!
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    Geographic distribution, first page. I wish I could have found out how to post more than one photo per post. Oh well ....
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    Geographic distribution, second page ...... I hope these scans are legible .....
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    Geographic distribution, third page .....
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    "An expert's choice of weapons for game birds" (sic) and "gunning facts for bird hunters." ("Weapons", indeed! In police academy, we were told NEVER to use the word "weapon" anytime, but especially not in court) .....
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    Chokes and outfitting .......
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    Recipes! (The last page in the article about upland game birds) ....
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    A nice ad for the Model 12 .....
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    An ad for the Savage-Stevens-SC shotgun with the Savage Super-Choke ....
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    As a good example of how far Sports Illustrated has veered from the paths displayed so far, here's a page of 'Grandfather sketches' from 1877 ....
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    Final page, from the 'Readers Take Over' section. Notice the letters written about a previous SI article about Governor Joe Foss of South Dakota ....

    LA in MA

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