Cheyenne Lockers MemoriesMarch 16th, 2010 in member junk
Since I was in the meat business for 36 years I decided to create a display of what the old time meat market looked like. Originally when I bought the Cheyenne Locker in Hoisington, KS. from my father in law, we used the original wooden meat blocks. On the sides we would hang the various knife trays, scrapers and the old time meat cleavers.
In the 1980's after federal regulations we had to remove the old equipment and replace them with all plastic products. I brought some of the equipment and the blocks back home and decided to make a display that commemorated the golden age of meat cutting. Besides the utensils we created faux meats and the sausage area. Much of the stuffing for instance, the ham, potatoes and the sausage casings are filled with pantyhose.
I added the plastic chuck roast later when I found it at a garage sale. The other meat hooks and cleavers I started to find at various sales. Of course the the meat block wouldn't be complete without spices and sugars cans from that time period, along with the needed crockery below. I am also very proud of the handmade butcher knife in the center as well, as the various wooden meat stompers. Not shown in the pictures are several advertisements from the local Central Kansas meat industry circa the 1920's to 1960's.
Besides a good dusting every now and than I created a small replica meat market that never spoils and reminds me of my origins back at the the meat block. I have these items displayed in my back family room where visitors usually use that entrance to come by and visit. Many of them have not seen some of these items in their lives. I really enjoy this exhibit and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have had collecting it over the years.
Pattern or design used: My own design
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