Memorabilia Related to REA
including stamps, first day covers, posters pins cookbooks.....
anything is fair game! - Ed
2144 22c Rural
Electrification Administration Collins hand painted cachet #X901.
Day Cover: First day issue. "Rural Electrification
Administration" stamp, postmarked Madison, SD, May 11, 1985 w/cover
design, "America's Golden Light" Colorado Silk Cachet.
FDC Scott Catalog No: 2144, 1985 - 22c
Rural Electrification Administration, 50th Anniversary, House of Farnam
Maxi card: Rural Electrification 1985
cover was designed by Rick Chase of DRC handpainted cachets.
It is based on the PO's 1985 Rural Electrification Administration stamp,
Scott # 2144.
Award-winning cachet maker Lois
Hamilton, or HAM, hand painted a delicate, rural scene serviced by
electricity thanks to the Rural Electrification Administration, the
subject of her #2144 FDC.
FLEETWOOD CACHET: NICE UN-ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVER
OF SCOTT #2144--RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION
Torkel Gundel's Hand-painted First Day Cover for
Scott #2144 "Rural Electrification Administration Plate Number
RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADM. PANE -4
Pinback is advertising rural electrification. It
pictures Willie Wiredhand in the center and reads "Member - live
better-farm better thru rural electrification".
WATT’S COOKIN’ COOKBOOK - on the
line; compiled by the Rural Electrification Leaders of Jackson Electric
Membership Corportation. Contents include:
Appetizers and Dips, Beverages; Breads; Candy; Cakes; Cake Frostings;
Cookies; Desserts; beef; Meats; Pork; Poultry; Seafood; Pickles; Pies;
Miscellaneous; Fruit Salads; Meat Salads; Vegetable Salads; Salad
Dressings; Sauces; Vegetable Casseroles; and Vegetable and Rice. 200
pages, paperback, spiral in fair-good condition
RECIPES FOR ALL SEASONS
PRESENTED BY MICHIGAN COUNTRY LINES
1935 - 1985
50 YEARS RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
MICHIGAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LADIES ORGANIZATION
238 Page Stiff Softcover Spiral Bound Book
Copyright 1984, Mason Printing, Mason, MI
"This cookbook is like a giant
backyard potluck supper. It's filled with your neighbor's favorite recipes
- the ones they like to cook and you like to eat. Some of the recipes are
fancy, some are simple, but all 800 have been tried and tested in the
kitchens of rural Michigan. You can be sure they're someone's
- Jean M. Chapin (Mrs. William) -
Michigan Electric Cooperatives Ladies Organization
Marvelous Collection of Signed Recipes in
all categories, including Casseroles & Wild Game
A not so famous cousin of REDDY
....WILLIE WIREDHAND....a small charm from Illinois
1/2" Minuteman Pin "For Rural Electrification"
Aluminum, measures approx. 32mm. Silver
ELECTRIC-COOPERATIVE CORP.-667-2586-OZARK, ARK.-OWNED BY THOSE WE
4 1/4 " diameter clear glass ashtray with slots for
3 cigarettes vintage Delaware Electric Cooperative Willie Wirehand
Bowling shirt with a picture on the back of Willie
Wiredhand and the words "Smoky Hill Electric Co-op".
Iron on patches of Willie Wiredhand.
Yellow Willie Wiredhand Frisbee. Missouri Electric
Cooperative - Play it SAFE around Electricity!!!
Great glass snow globe of Willie Wiredhand skating on a
frozen pond. Measures about 4 inches high by 3 1/4 inches
Thermometer given by Menard Electric Cooperative in
From the Red Lake Electric Cooperative. Inc. in the small
town of Red Lake Falls,Mn. between Crookston and Thief River Falls.
Another Rain Gauge!
1960's Era 1" wide by 2" long heavy plastic
& metal tape measure keychain picturing the famed rural
electrification mascot Willie Wiredhand on front from the "Hancock
County R.E.M.C. Greenfield, Indiana
Old Ozark Electric Co-Op Mt. Vernon, MO.
Advertising hand Fan. It has a colorful front side and the back side has a
Willie Wiredhand ad that reads " Live Better, Farm Better -
Electrically" along with listings for the home office in Mt. Vernon
and a branch office in Ash Grove, Missouri.
Willie Wiredhand Paperweight!
2 1/4 inch in diameter Willie Wiredhand NREC Annual
28th Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada Feb. 8-12, 1970 Pinback Button with union
label curled under on edge.
2 3/4" x 3 1/4" metal and mirror item. Reverse side is a
mirror. A neat Johnson County, KY piece.
"Electricity on the Farm from
"Electricity on the Farm from the
February 1967 issue of
Electricity on the Farm
EOF - Electricity on the Farm 1971
Very old metal ruler from Agralite Cooperative in Benson, Minnesota. Has
picture of Willie Wiredhand on left hand corner of ruler.
Willie Wiredhand plastic promo cup
Willie Wiredhand cup from Alfalfa Electric Cooperative
(formerly Rural Electric Coop) in Cherokee, Oklahoma.
TRAY WITH WILLIE WIREDHAND LOGO AD FOR SUMTER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE... LARGE
12 X 13 INCH SIZE...
Tray measures 5" x 5",
This item is from the Lorain-Medina Ohio area.
BALLAD (Braham Minn.)
If you have never been to Braham,
Home of Willy
From the north, left on 4
Then you have three miles more,
Up 65 turn at the 'Y'
Time to have a piece of pie.
Apple Pie, Cherry Pie,
You're the Rhubarb of my eye.
The world's longest homerun
Was hit in Brahm in '41,
It flew into a box car door,
traveled to the Great North Shore,
Some still say it's on the fly
Looking for a piece of pie
A flaky crust, that does melt,
Will surely loosen up your belt,
Lots of lard, make it quick,
A little flour if it sticks
Fold in fours, me oh my,
My first love was a piece of pie.
And I can't
we go walking
through the fields....
With a super, dooper, pooper scoop,
Egg beater made in a chicken coop,
Micro-film, machine-picked spuds,
Cows in the meadow who chew their cud
Layin' bets to win a prize
Where's my cow and her fresh pie?
The railroad came in '99
Changes come with the pass of time,
Leveled by fire, in '08
Got so hot the town did bake,
Now we have the Park Cafe,
Servin' pies every day.
Before there was a 35
From the Cities folks would drive,
to the lake, on weekends,
stop in Braham, make new friends
Once a year, in July
They all come back for a piece of pie.
Farm Help From the High
& Manufacturing Company
(PA or OH?: Westinghouse,
circa 1930s). Very good condition, stapled self wrapper, slight edge or
surface wear. Illustrated by photos. Paperbound. 19 pages.
Nice sepia toned pamphlet which measures 8.25 inches wide by 11 inches
high. Sales brochure for rural electricity. "Wired Help...The
Cheapest Hired help!" Photographs and text document the Proving Farms
and Proving Installations in agricultural settings, average households
(sections on light bulb use, electrical ranges and ovens, roasters, vacuum
cleaners, fans, irons, hot water heaters and other home appliances), etc.
Section on refrigerators highlights a housewife in Greer, South
Carolina who, like other farm women, claims her cost savings and economy
is in addition to not having to go into town as often to shop ("Saves
Trips to Town!"). Cost and energy savings are also stressed in the
illustrated pages on milk coolers, heaters for work shops and poultry
houses, electric motors, etc. Item is identified as Cat. 837-A
Electric Wiring For Home Or Farm Book
A really neat little book put out by Sears, Roebuck
& Co. in the early 50's, when the Rural Electrification program had
taken hold. The pages are filled with illustrations of contemporary
electrical appliances and text explaining how much labor-saving can be
accomplished with the conversion from old-fashioned, manual methods
(outhouse, hand pump) to the modern (indoor plumbing, electric stove).
Two full page Reddy Kilowatt farm ads appearing on the back cover of
Electricity on the Farm Magazine, May 1950 and November 1950.
Travel Salt & Pepper Shaker Set!
This is a beautiful 50th Anniversary Plate. It measures
14" long and 8 1/2" in diameter. As you can see, the shape is
oblong, the color is, what I think to be, Desert Gold. On the front of the
plate, the first circle reads: INDIAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
CLEVELAND-FAIRFAX. The second circle reads: RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
1935-1985. The third circle reads: 50 YEARS. Underneath the 50 years
marking, there is what appears to be telephone poles and a field or
pasture, I'm not sure. The back reads: FRANKOMA 5QS
More Frankoma REA items
3 Very Nice Pieces of Frankoma Pottery.
They were all made for Indian Electric Co-op & are in the Desert Gold
Glaze which has been discontinued All pieces are in excellent condition
with no chips, cracks or crazing & they are all dated. The first piece
is a Pie Plate measuring 10" diameter & is 2" deep. It says:
Indian Electric CO-OP 1983-1984 Cleveland Fairfax. The next piece is a
large Platter measuring 8&1/2x13&1/2" & says: Indian
Electric Cooperative 50 Years Rural Electrification 1935-1985
Cleveland-Fairfax. The last piece is a Serving Bowl measuring
7&1/2" diameter & is 3" deep & says: Indian Electric
Commemorative Oil Lamp Rural electrification 50
Stands about 8-1/2
Frankoma - hot plate holder
6" across the front. It says 50 years 1935
rural electrification 1985
50 years of rural electrification in
America.Copyright in 1984
John Mellencamp Rural Electrification Tour 1999
The Tour Book!
River Energy salutes John Mellencamp
Tour to celebrate Rural Electrification
River, MN (May 17, 1999). Great River Energy, a Touchstone Energy
cooperative, proudly welcomes Grammy Award-winning recording and
performing artist John Mellencamp to the Twin Cities. Dubbed
"The Rural Electrification Tour," the three-month tour of areas
and outdoor venues will also feature special guests Son Volt.
launching the tour, Mellencamp explained, "In the thirties, rural
electrification brought electricity to farmers and other rural dwellers
for the first time in their lives, and along with that electricity came
radios and record players: Music! We're lucky enough that for the last 20
years we've had the opportunity to play our own small part in bringing
music to people: to entertain them and have a lot of fun in the
ago, friends and neighbors joined together in communities all across
America to build their own electric utility to power their lives. As
these areas grew, electric cooperatives grew with them. Now,
electric co-ops serve 30 million people in 46 states.
are thrilled that John Mellencamp is touring the country to celebrate
rural electrification," said Kandace Olsen, manager of communications
at Great River Energy, a Touchstone Energy cooperative. "For
more than two generations, electric cooperatives across the country have
been providing their customers, large and small, with quality,
state-of-the-art technology and personalized service at affordable rates.
We believe "The Rural Electrification Tour" celebrates the
valuable contribution that electric cooperatives have made to their
the release of American Fool in 1982, John Mellencamp has maintained a
consistent hold on the charts while his fans have remained loyally
steadfast. In addition to his 37 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum
awards, Mellencamp has been nominated for 12 Grammys, most recently in the
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category for "Our Life Is Now,"
a track from RIAA-certified gold John Mellencamp.
Mellencamp will be performing at the Target Center in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, on Wednesday, May 26.
River Energy is an electric generation and transmission cooperative based
in Elk River, Minnesota. The company serves 29-member distribution
cooperatives that in turn provide electricity and related services to more
than 1.5 million people in Minnesota and part of Wisconsin.
Energy® is an alliance of local, consumer-owned utilities across the
country committed to providing superior service at affordable rates to all
customers, large and small. Touchstone Energy® serves more than 5.6
million households and businesses reaching more than 15 million people in
36 states from coast to coast.
1931 GE CORP CALENDAR titled “ELECTRICITY COMES TO THE
FARM”. This poster is a print from a painting by the well known Artist
Walter L. Greene of Schenectady, New York. He worked as an illustrator for
GE and the New York Central Railroad Company. This poster is 18” by
16” in total area. The print area is 14-3/4” by 11-1/2”.
This Rural Electric Co-op cap with Willie Wiredhand on the front
is from South Crawford County in Iowa. It is dated 1936-1996 so is
commemorating their 60th year.