Raise Hamsters for Profit (Sep, 1950)

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Raise Hamsters

The new wonder animals from Syria. Often called Toy Bears. Delightful pets. Everyone wants them. Laboratories need thousands. Clean, odorless. Raise any-where. A profitable and interesting hobby or business. We furnish breeders and instructions. Write today for free book.


There has been some question as to whether hamsters are in fact from Syria. The answer is, that the most popular breeds are. A little more info from Hamster Hideout:

Syrian hamsters are probably the most common domesticated hamster. All Syrian hamsters in captivity are believed to be descended from a mother and her 12 cubs who were dug out of a burrow near Syria, in 1930.

Adult hamsters can grow up to 18cm in length. with females being slightly larger than the males. Adults are fiercely territorial and should be housed individually due to the frequent and fierce fighting with other hamsters.

Since Syrian hamsters are bigger than the other species, they can cope with more handling before they get tired. They also seem to be more responsive to what is going on around them.

The Syrian hamster is also known commonly as the golden hamster, although today’s advance breeding techniques have developed more than 40 different colour types.

  1. meghan says: December 2, 20055:51 pm

    what? hamsters are syrian?

    that’s AWESOME!

    i love this blog!

  2. Tim says: December 3, 20055:53 am

    WHat a lovely blog this is! I just found it through boingboing and i’ve put it to the top of nice lists!

  3. Administrator says: December 3, 20059:25 am


    I’ve updated the post to talk about the Syrianness of hamsters.

  4. Nancy says: August 14, 200910:38 pm

    I live in Mobile aL Story is… this got OUT of Hand!

  5. Firebrand38 says: August 15, 200912:26 pm

    So what’s the story? I looked the address up on Google Maps and it looks like a residential neighborhood.

  6. -DOUG- says: August 15, 20095:37 pm

    Yeah, I heard. Wasn’t there a movie about it?

    Seems it’s not a good idea to feed Syrian hampsters after midnight.

  7. Firebrand38 says: August 15, 20095:47 pm

    -DOUG-: Or get them wet.

  8. -DOUG- says: August 15, 20095:56 pm

    Basically the Gulf Hampstery served as the inspiration for an episode of ‘Star Trek.’ Perhaps you’ve seen ‘The Trouble with Tribbles.’


    . . . .Enter Albert Marsh of Mobile, Alabama. Marsh was a highway engineer, a bit of a visionary, and a bit of acarny. He wona Syrian hampster in a bet. Intrigued with the little animal, he acquired more and set up his own colony. He named his business the Gulf Hampstery and Marsh Enterprises and went to work promotoing hampsters as pets. . .

    . . . .He sold hampsters to individuals. He sold to laboratories. He took out ads in farming journals and promised to buy every hampster the reader could produce. “$1 for females and .75 cents for mailes at weaning age,” which was a real money in 1948. He served as an intermediary, buying hampsters, buying from other breeders and having them drop shipped directly to other customers. . .

    . . . .In 1948 hampsters could not be brought into California, because they were considered “Wild animals.” Marsh, with the help of the Governor of Alabama, got California to recognize hampsters at domestic animals. . .

    . . . .But as with any new product, the laws of supply and demand caught up with Marsh. Pet stores began to buy their hampsters from inexpensive local backyard breeders. Infectious back enteritis–called “Wet tail” because of the unending diarrhea–wiped out a lot of colonies, discouraging hampster use. Marsh’s markets dried up and so did the hampstery. . . .

    From ‘The Hampster book’
    -Patricia Pope Bartlett, Michele Earle-Bridges

    And who can forget those 7 days in May, when the hampsters rose up, threw off their chains, and. . . ?

  9. Firebrand38 says: August 15, 20098:01 pm

    -DOUG-:This is how urban legends start. The inspiration was NOT hampsters but rabbits according to the creator of Tribbles, David Gerrold:

    “When rabbits were first introduced to Australia, they multiplied at an incredible rate because there were no predators or natural enemies to keep them in control. It was an ecology story—and a spaceship is the perfect setting for it because a spaceship must be a balanced ecology.”


  10. Nancy says: August 16, 200910:46 am

    Firebrand It is a residential area as far as i know. wonder if the people living there know they live at what used to be a Hamstery? I haven’t been in that part of town in a while. I don’t care much for hamsters but I do like Rabbits. Always collected figurines and such. People give them to me for EVERY occasion. I actually did the “Raise Rabbits for Money” thing when I was a teenager. Oh Lordy! what a nightmare. I think my Dad ate one.

  11. Clarice says: August 1, 201010:32 am

    Anyone have any free hamsters? I need to feed my red tail boa…

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