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Pigs is Pigs by Ellis Butler (w/Jacket!) 1906 (Humor)

Pigs is Pigs by Ellis Butler (w/Jacket!) 1906 (Humor)


Pigs is Pigs. By Ellis Parker Butler, A. L. Burt Company, New York, 1906.


Classic Ficton Novel - Humor

Vintage from the 1900s


Railway agent Mike Flannery wants to charge the livestock rate for a shipment of two guinea pigs and refuses to accept the lower pet rate saying "Pigs is Pigs." The customer's complaint is routed bureaucratically throughout the railway company while the guinea pigs reproduce geometrically in Flannery's stationhouse.


First published in The American Magazine in September 1905, the amusing little story might have died in pleasant obscurity if it hadn't been used by Railway Appliances Company as part of a marketing program.


A book version followed and the story quickly became an American classic. Reprinted many times, "Pigs is Pigs" is included in numerous anthologies of American humor.

Light green & orange illustrated cover with black title. Some light working to top front & rear board otherwise good, with front cleanly loose & present. Comes in original jacket that has a mild soil, and a chip at head, tail & corner.


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