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1940 Buck's Famous Fried Chicken

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In 1935, in Port Arthur, Texas, James Adrian "Buck" Fulord (1891 -- 1974) set Ripley's Believe It Or Not world record fro killing, picking, cleanin, cutting, cooking, and eating an entire chicken in 1 minute, 50 seconds.  A native of Gulf Shores, Alabama Buck went on to open a series of poultry buisinesses and fried chicken outlets in Port Arthur, New Orleans, Mobile, and Gulf Shores.

In 1940 Buck Fulford sold the "Best Chicken in Dixie" at 129 Galvez St on Saturdays and Sundays were he sold 14 pieces of fried chicken for 85 cents "served to cars".  By 1943 he had a stall in the Dryades Market (stall No. 7) at Thalia and Dryades selling table dressed poultry as well as a fried chicken business at Tech at Newton Steets in Algiers and where he also sold live and dressed chicken. He then opened shop No. 2 in the Magazine Street Market. By the mid 1940s he had live and dressed poultry locations in the French Market (Stall 10), the Keller Market, and the Ewing Market.  His fried chicken stores were located at 1313 Canal Street, 819 Decatur Street, and at Tech at Newton Street in Algiers.

In 1966 the 819 Decatur location was for sale and in 1971 the Elmira at Newton Street store was on the market.   In 1986 food writer Gene Bourg inlcuded Buck's Famous Fried Chicken in his honor roll of great defunct New Orleans eateries describing Buck's at "a sort of Paleolithic Popeye's".  A 1943 advertisement is shown above.

See for a glimpse of the Decatur Street location -- across Madison Street from Tujague's.

The 1313 Canal Street locatio can be viewd at ff

Sign in City Park reads "USA -- Work Program -- WPA. Photo taken in 1937. Courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library.