In 1953, a WLJ reader wrote in about their stance on a mandated floor for cattle: The old cowman likes to be called the rugged individualist who can tighten his belt and wait and go in debt to see if cattle will bring him a price where he can pay the high prices and high wages to keep his outfit going rather than know they can’t go below a certain price—which would give him a chance to live like other people and not have that mortgage hanging over his head. Read more

In 1949, a new technology arose: When you’ve been mixing feed—even if you have a mechanical mixer into which you dump the ingredients—have you ever day-dreamed about a Rube Goldberg type of mechanism where a twist of a dial and a push of a button would produce just the right amount of just the right mixture, while you sat around and read yesterday evening’s paper?  Read more

A peak at the markets from 1945: Meat shortages, so far as the civilian consumer is concerned, continued to grow more pronounced during the month of March and with the increase of government set-asides of utility beef from 70% to 80% of federally inspected slaughter, effective April 1, the indications are that the situation of the civilian consumer in the matter of his daily or weekly meat supply will tighten still further during the current month and perhaps through May. Read more

1952 PROMISES to be an eventful year. There will continue to be threats of another world war and the United States will continue to spend prodigious amounts in building up the armed forces. Taxes will be the highest we have ever known, the national debt will expand still more despite the fact that nearly 10c of every tax dollar now goes to merely pay interest on what we already owe. Read more

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