Collectors big on stockyards memorabilia, including magazines, medals and buttons
An 1891 calendar from the Clay Robinson & Co. Livestock Commission Company. Pieces such as these are highly sought by collectors of stockyard memorabilia. "It's really kind of exploded," says Mitchell McKay, owner of this piece. "At an auction last week, I expected one or two bidders on a couple of the items there, but there were five."
Top: Collectible button from Strahorn Hutton Evans Commission company. Most stockyards memorabilia of interest to collectors predates 1940. The rarest pieces date as far back as the 1870s. From the collection of Mitchell McKay. Right: Gene Salmans, a buyer at the St. Joseph, Mo., stockyards, collects memorabilia like the tins shown behind him. Stockyards items are numerous, but some are difficult to obtain, and their values are increasing.
Top right: Collectible button from the Union Stockyards in St. Paul. Near right: Herdsman's medal from the 1940 International Livestock Show; from the collection of Jim Butler, Trenton, Texas. Bottom: Evans Snider and Buel Co. watchfob; from the collection of Mitchell Kay.
Bullet pencil from the John Clay & Co. livestock commission company; from the collection of Mitchell McKay.