Perkin's Pretty Popper

| September/October 1971

  • Popcorn machine
    A PRETTY POPPER - the popcorn machine made by R. R. Perkins. It's painted a beautiful bright red and white and machinery part is black.Courtesy of R. R. Perkins, 611 Jackson Street, Scott City, Kansas 67871.
    R. R. Perkins

  • Popcorn machine

611 Jackson Street Scott City, Kansas 67871

I am a retired high pressure maintenance welder of Kansas, Nebraska, Natural Gas Company. I had the best job any man could have and gave them 28 years of my life. At age 62, my health failed me and I had to retire. About three years before I retired,. I started to make this popper.

I drew up the plans from memory. My brother and I were in Marysville, Kansas, back in 1927. We had eaten dinner and were standing on the street, picking our teeth, when around the corner came a steam popper a man pulling it by the tongue. It was like the one in the picture as I remember. The man had the popper all steamed up before he left home. My brother and I bought the first two sacks he sold. We were two young farm boys from Republic County, Kansas, that did not get to town too often in those days. (By the way, I had a 1925 Model T Roadster with a starter, balloon tires, demountable rims and the side curtain opened with a door).

I asked the man after we bought the popcorn how much the popper cost him. He said, '$3500.00.'

I said, 'That is a lot of money.'

He said, 'I know it is, but it won't take long to get my money back at 5 cents a sack.'


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