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This is a photo I recently came across of my grandmother, Esther. My dad grew up on a chicken farm, so we’ve always liked and had chickens in our family in some way.  In this picture my grandmother is candling the eggs.  Could this look any more 1940s? I just love it.


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I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

4 responses »

  1. Awesome! I wish we still had that candler!

  2. What’s “candling eggs”

  3. Good question! You hold the egg up to a light source and can see the outline of whatever is inside. As an egg ages the sac pulls away from the shell. So you could see if it was an older egg, but I believe it was used to grade the size of the egg.

  4. Oh, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this picture of Esther Dear. I think the candling was to make sure there were no blood spots on the egg yolks ( commonly known as bloody eggs, harmless but unattractive and unsaleable).


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