“A fascinating read, filled with colorful characters.”
Perched on the Gulf of Mexico near the Alabama state line, Pascagoula, Mississippi, quickly became the center of duck-decoy manufacturing from 1920 to 1970.
Pascagoula Decoys gives an overview of the history of the duck-decoy manufacturing industry. Joe Bosco relates the stories of important decoy makers like the Hudson Manufacturing Company, which established more buoyant decoys with hollows underneath, and the Animal Trap Company of Mississippi, one of the last manufacturers to offer wooden decoys. He also introduces important personalities, such as Charles W. Grubbs, founder of the Grubbs Manufacturing Company, who made the first commercial duck call, and C. M. Woolworth, who bought Poitevin Brothers, Inc., makers of Singing River Decoys, in 1940 as a result of the increased interest in the duck-decoy industry.
After compiling information from books, newspaper articles, former employees, and surviving relatives, Bosco was then prepared to describe the evolution of the industry, provide the history of each firm, and include numerous full-color photographs to identify their products. For modern decoy enthusiasts, he brings this guide up to date with tips for collecting in person and on-line.