MARSHALL Sweet Potatoes were grown and packed by O. A. Marshall, Main Office, Bloomington, California. This is a wonderful caricature of my friend Oscar Marshall who presented myself and my son with a sampling of his 1942 vintage yam labels in the year 1987. He related that he had sold sweet potatoes from a homemade stand in front of his home and farm in the years 1940 through 1970. Oscar is shown here as a fully outfitted Western Marshal, from his cowboy boots to his ten gallon hat, his official badge gleams in the sun. Thanks to a wonderful man with a great sense of humor! Police, cop, sheriff, law enforcement love this true to type label. We have custom framed it in copper (no pun intended) and glass so it's ready to hang on your kitchen or precinct wall. Measures 13 x 5 inches. Educational note: for those of you who believe that you can just pick the sweet potatoes off the vine and not get your little hands dirty I have bad news. The potatoes are underground; you have to diggum up! Keep those cards and letters coming in.
The Japanese macaque or Snow Monkey is a very intelligent species. It is the only animal other than humans and raccoons that is known to wash its food before eating it. Researchers studying this species at Koshima island in Japan left sweet potatoes out on the beach for them to feed on, then witnessed one female, named Imo (Japanese for yam or potato), taking the food down to the sea to wash the sand off it. After a while, others started to copy her behavior. This trait was then passed on from generation to generation, until eventually, all except the very oldest members of the troop were washing their food and even seasoning their clean food in the sea. She was similarly the first observed balling up wheat with air pockets, throwing it into the water, and waiting for it to float back up before picking it up and eating it free from dirt. The macaque has other unusual behaviors, including bathing together in hot springs and rolling snowballs for fun. Also in recent studies, it has been found that the Japanese Macaque can develop different accents, like humans. It was found that macaques in areas separated by only a couple hundred miles can have very different pitches in their calls, their form of communication. The Japanese Macaque has been involved in many studies concerning neuroscience and also is used in drug testing. It is often the subject of Buddhist myths, and is thought to be the inspiration behind the saying "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". Thanks and a tip o' the Hat to Wikepedia.