Sunday Morning Links: The “Tooth Picks, Bug Eaters, Pukes and Suckers” Edition

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This is so cool. Via Strange Maps @ Big Think.

The map’s link to Sus domesticus [1] is via the company that produced it: H.W. Hill & Co. This Decatur, Illinois outfit were the sole manufacturers of Hill’s hog ringers, Hill’s triangular rings, calf and cow weaners, stock markers &c. On the map, we see one pig per state or territory, each with one of H.W. Hill’s trademarked triangles through its nose.

But that is as far as product placement goes. Even though it was printed in [H.W. Hill’s] own advertising department, the map is a deft example of oblique advertising – a clear-cut case of 19th-century viral marketing.

For its main attraction were not H.W. Hill’s markers, weaners and rings. It was mailed out – for five one-cent stamps – as a tableau entitled: “Nicknames of the States”. It’s always interesting, and perhaps a little titillating, to see what names you’re being called by others, and to know how to return the mockery [2]. And it helps that all involved are portrayed as that most unloved of domestic animals, the pig.

For us, the map holds one extra appeal: in the almost 130 years since its publication, the nickname landscape has shifted somewhat. A few have remained popular, but many have fallen into disuse. Curiously, next to the sobriquets that are insults or compliments, a few are merely descriptive, and some states and territories don’t even get one. Somehow, that feels like the worst option.

Included in this post, are close ups of the more interesting areas taken from a high res version of the map downloaded from the Library of Congress.

On to the links…

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WyBlog: Pipeline Dreams Busted By Green Schemes

MTTM: Rep Walberg Responds To Administration’s Rejection Of Keystone Pipeline
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LD Jackson: Democrats Want a Reasonable Profits Board for Gas and Oil Companies
FCBZ: Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho… Obama Shuts Down Disney World to Talk to 150 Special Invitees about Tourism
RR: Newt Gingrich “The Establishment is Right to Be Worried About a Gingrich Nomination”

Pundette: Call off the coronation
Zilla: Quick Resister Update
SJ: Newt Gingrich- Once again the left is trying to manipulate the right
Spellchek: U.S. seeks to expand its role as global cop
TMGGB: Ron Paul’s concession speech sounded more like a clarion call to the American people than a concession speech
theCL: Ron Paul — The Spirit of 76!

Gator: *VIDEO* The Newtster Delivers Victory Speech Following South Carolina Primary Blowout
The Other: Why is Romney doing such a lousy job defending his record at Bain Capital?
Republican Mother: Not a Dime’s Worth of Difference 
Wade: The Defence of Fort McHenry
WWTFT: Michigan – A Canadian State


  • LD Jackson January 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the link, Steve.

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      You are very welcome LD.

  • Martin January 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Steve, as usual – awesome and interesting. Thanks for the link!

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you! I figured you would like this since you are a serious history buff.

  • Matt January 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    That is excellent. And, thanks for the link!

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Glad you like it, and, you are most welcome for the linkage.

  • Jason Gillman January 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Wild. As usual, eclectic and unique.

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I thought it the map was pretty interesting and off beat.

  • 5etester January 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks Steve. Glad to see Michigan had a cool nickname instead of some of those other winners.

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I know. ‘Bug Eater’ would be tough to live down.

  • John Carey January 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Very cool map Steve. I have never seen anything like it. Thanks for the link.

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      I agree it is an unusual map. You are very welcome.

  • Shane January 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the link! Didn’t really change the blog name…just more emphasis on the TBA part than the GTBT part…

    • steve January 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      No problem and duly noted… GTBTBA it is!

  • ClassicFilm January 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Love, love, love the map — what a unique, bizarre find. And many thanks for the link.

    • steve January 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the map. It caught my eye the second I saw it.