Wear like a pig’s nose?

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Have you ever work overalls? I have. You don’t spend time on a farm in Iowa without wearing overalls! Even as I kid I was wearing overalls…on Halloween when I’d dress up in a pair of my dad’s overalls, we’d stuff a pillow in the belly area to make me look like a fat man, I’d put on a pair of those classes with a fake nose and plastic mustache and we’d drive from farm to far trick-or-treating. It wasn’t anything like trick-or-treating in the city where you can go house to house and in 30 minutes you’ve got an entire pillow case full of candy. No, I think that on a typical Halloween in Iowa, we’d visit maybe 6-8 farms and that would be it. But it was fun and I loved it.

So, after leaving the farm, I never thought a whole lot more about overalls…until a couple of weeks ago when I saw this sign for sale at the Lakewood Antiques Flea Market in Cumming, GA. Can someone explain what this means to me? I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a pig’s nose!!!

All I can figure is that pigs root around in dirt and mud for a lifetime with their noses and their noses never seem to wear out. Perhaps that’s what they’re saying about Finck’s Detroit-Special Overalls. Any other ideas, folks?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: I’ll bet you didn’t know this: in 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declared their independence as the state of Franklin. The counties lay in what would eventually become Tennessee.

The previous April, the state of North Carolina had ceded its western land claims between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River to the United States Congress. The settlers in this area, known as the Cumberland River Valley, had formed their own independent government from 1772 to 1777 and were concerned that Congress would sell the territory to Spain or France as a means of paying off some of the government’s war debt. As a result, North Carolina retracted its cession and began to organize an administration for the territory.

Simultaneously, representatives from Washington, Sullivan, Spencer (modern-day Hawkins) and Greene counties declared their independence from North Carolina. The following May, the counties petitioned for statehood as “Frankland” to the United States Congress. A simple majority of states favored acceptance of the petition, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, even after the counties’ changed their proposed name to “Franklin” in an attempt to curry Benjamin Franklin’s and others’ favor.

In defiance of Congress, Franklin survived as an independent nation for four years with its own constitution, Indian treaties and legislated system of barter in lieu of currency, though after only two years, North Carolina set up its own parallel government in the region. Finally, Franklin’s weak economy forced its governor, John Sevier, to approach the Spanish for aid. North Carolina, terrified of having a Spanish client state on its border, arrested Sevier. When Cherokee, Chickamauga and Chickasaw began to attack settlements within Franklin’s borders in 1788, it quickly rejoined North Carolina to gain its militia’s protection from attack.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: John Lennon started a band in 1957 called the Quarry Men and later asked Paul McCartney to join. Paul brought in George Harrison, and later Ringo Starr would replace Peter Best as drummer. The band changed its name a few times, which included the names Johnny and the Moondogs, The Rainbows, and British Everly Brothers.  Whatever they did worked: according to the Beatles Album Sales Statistics, through 2012 they had sold over 2 billion albums.

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