Compliments of W.H. Alkire
Hollywood CA: Alkire Aviaries, 1915? First Edition. 12mo; 23pp; 14 illustrations. A Near Fine (rusted staples) promotional piece in grey wrappers lettered in brown, oval diecut to front wrapper revealing an illustration of a pheasant. Sections incluse 'Pheasants' (11 varieties), 'Waterfowl' (3 varieties), 'Aviary Birds' ('Owing to the constant changing of our stock we are unable to list them'), Pigeons (11 varieties), 3 varieties of Bantams and the California quail. Quite the rarity; no copies located in WorldCat or the trade. Item #21669
A newspaper search reveals irate citizens protested the noise made by W.H. Alkire Aviary's '$5,000 worth of highly bred and extremely noisy fowls' and on October 25, 1915 the Welfare Committee of the L.A. City Council gave the aviary, located at 1756 Edgemont Street in Hollywood, thirty days to silence his flock. Apparently the citizens were successful in running the offending birds out of town as on December 10 an ad appeared in the L.A. Times advising that the 'entire stock of Alkire Aviaries will be sold at sacrifice' on 'account of leaving city.'.