Lord of Cabbage

Hauling out a load of cabbage. Haha! Here’s a couple real McCoy photo composite postcards that predate Photoshop for the Macintosh computer by decades! Created by Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. of Johnson, Photography, Waupun, Wis. 1912

DILLY, WIS. WILL HELP FEED THE ARMY – LORD OF CABBAGE

These crazy big cabbages could make a few tons of sauerkraut. Surely, the source of brats and beer are nearby.

DILLY, WIS. WILL HELP FEED THE ARMY – OUR BARN IS FULL

Mmmm, red onions, yellow onions, corn, red and yellow potatoes galore!

Perhaps these were intended to be mailed out but never made it to the post office. The return address is written and also some other specs in the address area. It seems these could have been reproduced in a local newspaper at 2 columns wide by 2 and a half inches deep at 75% tint at the top of page 17. In any case, I like the unique typography on the back which is different from all the others I’ve seen so far.

Today, you don’t typically see such a stylized logotype on the back of a post card. I wonder if this quality detail was perceived to be of higher value back when this card was purchased.

To learn more about the artist you can jump to Wisconsin Historical Society‘s story about him and his family. To see more Tall-tale or Freak postcards click here: Wisconsin Historical Images Search Results.

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