The Art & Humor of
A. Stanley Johnson of Waupun, Wisconsin

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The Art & Humor of     Stanley Johnson of Waupun, Wisconsin

A step up from manually hauling the produce is a manual cart. In this section we see a variety of wheelbarrows and other carts mobilized by people power.

Potatoes (1909)
   See Also RPPC version in Crop of 1909
potatoes
  Copyright 30 Oct. 1909 as part of Johnson's first batch and part of the set he test marketed locally. This copy was printed after he had established his How We Do Things phrase. It is postmarked Toledo, Wash. 21 Oct 1913. This is a very common card and was sold for many years all over the country as part of Johnson's mix. Even though there is a building in the picture, it is generic enough to be anywhere. 

The foundation photo appears to be the building, the men and the cart with the large potato pasted into the cut out arm of the man in the foreground. The other potatoes on the ground are pasted individually overlapping.
Onions (1909)
See Also RPPC version in Crop of 1909
onions
Copyright 30 Oct. 1909 as part of Johnson's first batch and part of the set he test marketed locally. This copy was printed after he had established his How We Do Things phrase. It is postmarked  9 Aug 1912, Wadsworth, OH.

The two onions pasted on the wheelbarrow and the ground are the only modifications to the orignal photo. The man in this photo is also in the Potatoes scene above. It may be Stanley Johnson's father, A. S. Johnson, Sr.who lived until 1914.
Onion Harvest (1911) onionharvest
Copyrighted 1911, this scene shows another manual cart transporting more onions and pushed into the barn by the whole family. It is postmarked 20 Dec 1911, Columbus, WI.

 This composition has more complexity in the layers than the Onions scene above. Not only is the onion superimposed over the original scene and settled into the cart, but it too is covered by the image of the man behind it.It is amazing the accuracy of the cutting of the photo to appear seamless when rephotographed.
A Bunch of Apples (1911) bunch apples
  This 1911 card shows still another cart beside the train tracks at Waupun with warehouses in the background. While the apples are arranged well technically, it is not as interesting or as humorous as cards showing people. It lacks movement. It is not among the most widely distributed of designs.
Grapes (1913) grapes
  Same title used in the first batch of October 1909.
Muskmelons (1911)
See also original cut & paste
muskmelons
  Postmarked 27 Aug 1912, Bear Lake, PA we have examples of another type of wheelbarrow and several layers of overlapping images. Muskmelons are inserted into the original photo behind the man in the foreground and also behind the telephone pole. Both had to be accurately sliced on both sides to position the melon images in back of them.

This same man and boy are shown in the Citron card rolling a melon up the ramp toward the same Chicago Milwaukee boxcar.The Waupun Historical Society identifed the man as Frank Wood. The boy is unidentified.

Johnson also recycled his fruit images. Looking at the bemishes, that is two spots on the left side, we can see that the melon on the right and the one on the cart are the same, just pasted at a little different angle. The same melon image appears on the right side of Our Kind.
All Together (1912) together
This 1912 card is one of a set of three with the same children. The boy on the right is likely Alfie, the son of A. Stanley Johnson, Jr. The compnion cards are "My Treat," and "Overloaded." The only pasting in this scene appears to be adding the canteloupe to the cart with just a small overlap with the boy's head. The models are doing a convincing job of pushing and pulling the wheelbarrow.
Tomatoes (1912) tomatoes
  The woman holding the wheelbarrow handle is the same as in the Carrots scene, probably Myrtie Ihde, Stanley's wife. .
Grapes (1913)  
  Johnson only duplicated titles twice. He used Apples in
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