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Estate sale find, vintage Los Angeles Union Stock Yard advertising bullet pencil, as found and unrestored.
Due to the lack of refrigeration, livestock were initially processed in population centers where the meat was consumed. Since most of the U.S.’ early population was located on the East Coast, a system had to be developed to transport the livestock in the West to the Eastern cities. With the advent of the railroads, this came in the form of small stockyards that were scattered at railheads as early as the late 1840s in cities like Chicago where livestock could be gathered and rested for shipment east.
As the West was populated with cattle, the railroads found that hauling them was very profitable, so the rail companies invested heavily in the livestock marketing infrastructure. This resulted in them building the great terminal stockyards in cities throughout the Midwest and West. They were referred to as terminal markets because they had the capacity to harvest and process the livestock in adjacent packing plants to the stockyards.
Although Chicago would remain the dominate stockyards, other ones sprang up in cities like Saint Joseph, MO, Omaha, NE, Kansas City, MO, Fort Worth, TX, and Denver, CO. The last of these great stockyards would not open until 1921 in Los Angeles.
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The item is approximately 3.75" long, shipping weight will be around 3 ounces.
PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS - AS IS - The pencil is in overall Poor to Fair used condition with signs of wear, scratches, scuffs, age toning, fading, dirty, no odors, please see images.