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Champion Ratkiller DeGlopper February 20, 2016

Filed under: 1940s,Culture,Fun,History,Nature,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics,Vintage — kerbey @ 10:18 am
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In 1944, rats were ravaging farms, gnawing into sill beams, eating poultry and eggs and consuming livestock feed. Rats were estimated to destroy $45 worth of food a year, at a time when chicken and livestock feed were hard to come by.

Little Robert De Glopper was made of sturdier stock than children these days, and consequently made himself quite a profit at 3 cents per dead rat. Ten rats an hour would match the minimum wage of 30 cents.


Can you imagine if today’s town clerks had to count rat tails?


War bond prizes were given to the boy or girl who 1) killed the most rats, 2)the heaviest rats, or 3) the ones with the longest tails. Such fun before TV and video games existed! Even dogs and cats were cited for meritorious work.


11 Responses to “Champion Ratkiller DeGlopper”

  1. Paul Says:

    I’m speechless.

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  2. Benson Says:

    What an enterprising young lad. I would be curious what he grew up to do. I am with you Kerby. I may be an adventurous eater but I draw the line at rat.

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  3. Hendle Says:

    Now that’s weird.

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  4. well now, you cannot say the lad wasn’t bright…after all, he did not succumb to the rat race.

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  5. reocochran Says:

    Really good gravatar, Kerbey and gruesome post today. 😦 still like your creative posts.

    Liked by 1 person

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