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

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Year by Year Catalog of A. S. Johnson Humor Cards

The Homecoming Series 1908

The earliest known humor cards of A. S. Johnson were designed and printed for the Waupun and Oshkosh, Wisconsin Homecoming events in the summer of 1908. They were his first, but they are among his most humorous and they are very creative. Except for the rain in the Merry Widows, these do not involve the photo manipulation techniques he used starting in 1909.

And Still They Come 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
Any Old Way (Oshkosh) 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
Any Old Way (Waupun) 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
Come On In, The Water's Fine 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
Oshkosh or Bust 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
The Merry Widows Are On Time 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
The Merry Widows Were Caught in the Rain 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
The Old Boys Are Coming Home (Oshkosh) 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
The Old Boys Are Coming Home (Waupun) 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
The Pace Will Be Fierce 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
Whoop With Us 1908 RPPC not copyrighted, not signed
Oshkosh Homecoming Auto Parade 1908 RPPC    

they come

The Crop of 1909 - Test Marketing

The titles of these earliest exaggeration cards were copyright registered in October and November 1909. They were distributed in the towns around Waupun as a test market. These early cards had the hand-printed titles of Crop of 1909 or Raised at ...Most were later printed and distributed nationally in the How We Do Things series. They were reprinted countless times for countless towns for many years.

Initially they were printed as RPPC versions. See the Morgan Williams Article for more information .

Carp Caught in Beaver Dam Pond 1909 RPPC   Fishing
Catfish Caught in Beaver Pond 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Catfish Caught in River Ripon 1909 RPPC R Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Red River Carp 1909 fishing
Rock River Carp 1909 RPPC 1909 Fishing
Rock River Catfish 1909 RPPC fishing
Fish caught in river: carp 1909       fishing
Grapes 1909 RPPC 1909 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Apples 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fruit, auto
Cutting Cabbage 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Load of Cabbage 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Loading Cabbages 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Onions 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Our Corn 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Potatoes 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Some Tomatoes 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Sugar Beets 1909 RPPC 30-Oct-09 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable

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1910 How We Do Things   

In 1910, Johnson copyrighted and produced 23 additional titles the greater number of which were about fishing. Fishing has a long standing tradition of exaggeration and boasting, so it is a natural for the genre.

In the earliest cards, those copyrighted in February, Johnson used the longer version of his name, but shortened it in subsequent cards of the 1910 year. Some of these 1910 cards were first produced in RPPC format and later in printed form.

 

Big Pike 1910 Feb-10 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Catfish 1910 Feb-10 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Pickerel 1910   Feb-10 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Up To Date 1910   Feb-10 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Transportation
How Is This 1910 RPPC A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
If My Pole Hadn't Broken 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Just a Couple 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Landing a Pike 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
My First Strike 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Spearing Catfish 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Two Hours Catch 1910 RPPC A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Was Game [He Was Game] 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
We Nearly Lost Him 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
A Bushel of Strawberries 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
A Big One 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Hunting
A Good Bag 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Hunting
Rabbits 1910 A. S. Johnson Hunting
The Buck Fever 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Hunting
Cellery [sic] 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Digging Aspargus (sp) 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
One of the Squash 1910 Alfred S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Our Cucumbers 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
String Beans 1910 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable

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1911 How We Do Things   

In 1911, Johnson copyrighted and produced 15 additional titles including a large number of giant fruits.

Brook Trout 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
A Bunch of Apples 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Apples 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Just Plums 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Melon Party 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Musk Melons 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Our Kind 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Peaches 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Pears 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Some Ducks 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Hunting
Citron 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Onion Harvest 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Turnips 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Will It Go In? 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Winter Squash 1911 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable

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1912  How We Do Things   

In 1912, Johnson copyrighted and produced 26 additional titles the greater number of them were giant vegetables.

Camp 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Enough For Dinner 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
How Much Will He Weigh? 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
They Bit Right 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Black Raspberries 1912 Fruit
Blackberries 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Red Raspberries 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Strawberries 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Tomatoes 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Good Shooting 1912 Hunting
Grouse 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Hunting
Wild Geese 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Hunting
A Close Shave 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
All Together 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Beating the Coal Trust 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Boy Scouts 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Carrots 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Early Onions 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Going to Market 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Green Peas 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Hard Work 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
My Treat 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Our Barn is Full 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Overloaded 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Plenty Potatoes 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Summer Squash 1912 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable

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1913 Whole Lot of Fishin'

Johnson produced and registered 43 titles this year, fourteen of which involved fishing. He also introduced some unusual subjects such as chickens, frogs and snapping turtle.

Caught With the Goods 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Eggs
Father Works 1913  unsigned Hen/eggs
Dunnar Veter—Vot Iss 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Turtle
Kickers 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Frogs
Alfalfa 1913 unsigned Farming
Hope to Meet you Soon in Waupun 1913 Pennant Message Pennant
A Dandy 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
A Hard Pull 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
A Live One 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
A Narrow Escape 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Black Bass 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Dangerous 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Dipping Them Up 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Quick Returns 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Some Class 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Some Style 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
They Look Fierce 1913 Fishing
This is No Dream 1913 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Towing Him In 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
You Are Mine at Last 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fishing
Apple Butter 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Grapes 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Sliceing Tomatoes [sic] 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Strawberry Express No. 1 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
The Cider Mill 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
White Grapes 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Fruit
Lunch 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Pig
Lunch) I am at Waupun but not in the pen 1913    
A Tight Squeeze 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Billy Go To It 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Broke Down 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Cauliflower 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Cutting Corn 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Dill Pickles 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Green Corn 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Kohlrabi 1913 Vegetable
Peanut Crop 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Rolling Them In 1913 A. S. Johnson Jr. Vegetable
Sauerkraut 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Shooting the Shoots 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Squashing the Record 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
Strong Combination 1913 Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr. Vegetable
You Have Had Enough 1913 A. S. Johnson, Jr. Vegetable

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1915 Scene on the Road

After a break in 1914 in new titles coinciding with the death of his father, Stanley came back into the business with a whole new subject: conflicts with automobiles and horse-drawn conveyances. This was a very real problem of the time and one with which people could relate and get a chuckle.

Beware of the Water Wagon 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
Held Up 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
Homeward Bound 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
Joy Ride 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
The Milky Way 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
The People We Met 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
We Never Stop 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road
We Stopped Here 1915 A. S. Johnson Scene on the Road

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1916 Who Cares For an Auto

Extending the 1915 Scene on the Road conflict with automobiles into another level of absurdity and humor, Johnson also referred back to one of his very first humor cards: Any Old Way. The boy riding a pig to homecoming in 1908 became the inspiration for a series of eight cards of people riding all manner of domestic farm animals. The point being that they had no need for an auto.

The "Who Cares" series does not have titles as the others do. That makes it difficult to put them in a proper place in the alphabetic listing. They are designated with the first eight letters of the alphabet.

[Girl on Pig] 1916 G A. S. Johnson Who Cares
[Race Cart] 1916 H A. S. Johnson Who Cares
[Riding Cow] 1916 E A. S. Johnson Who Cares
[Riding Pig] 1916 D A. S. Johnson Who Cares
[Riding Sheep] 1916 F A. S. Johnson Who Cares
Scene on the Road [the A Card] 1916 A A. S. Johnson Who Cares
Some Road Lice Here 1916 A. S. Johnson Who Cares
Who Cares For an Auto 1916 B A. S. Johnson Who Cares
Who Cares For an Auto [pig]  1916 C A. S. Johnson Who Cares
sheep

1917 The Way We Keep Cool at...

Creative ways to beat the heat.

Annie 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Frits 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Jane 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Joe 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Our Hero 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Sunshine 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Triplets 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool
Let Go, I'm Not Jonah 1917 A. S. Johnson Cool

annie

1917 More Fishing

A Boat Load 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
A Canoe Won’t Do 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
A Morning Catch 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Good Morning 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
I Am Lonesome 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Landing a Submarine 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
No Limit Here 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
No Room for Passengers 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
On Our Boat Landing 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
One at a Time Please 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Six P. M. 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
The One That Got Away 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Who's Caught 1917 A. S. Johnson Fishing

1918  Mixed

Fishing, Winter Scenes, and giant vegetables.

A Daisy 1918 Fishing
A Meal 1918 Fishing
Help 1918 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Just Look 1918 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Still They Come 1918 A. S. Johnson Fishing
Digging Out 1918   snow
I remember in '88 1918 snow
Ice Harvest 1918 A.S.J. snow
Keep Track Clear 1918 A.S.J. snow
Main St. 1918   snow
No Dust 1918 A.S.J. snow
On Time 1918   snow
Sleet Storm 1918 snow
Street Scene 1918 A.S.J. snow
Track Is Clear 1918   snow
Winter 1918   snow
A Load of Celery 1918 A.S.J. Vegetable
A Load of Cucumbers 1918 A.S.J. Vegetable
Loading Peas 1918 A.S.J. Vegetable
Marketing Potatoes 1918 A.S.J. Vegetables

1921  Even Bigger Fish

I Caught a Few Small Ones Here 1921 Fishing
I'm Having a Nice Quiet Time Here 1921 A. S. Johnson Fishing
It isn't Safe Fishing Around Here 1921 Fishing
My First One 1921 A. S. Johnson Fishing
There's Some Fishing Around Here 1921 A. S. Johnson Fishing
This is No Place For a Nervous Person 1921 A. S. Johnson Fishing
This is the Kind I'm Catching 1921 A. S. Johnson Fishing
You Are To Blame 1921 A. S. Johnson Transportation
Pork is Going Down 1921 Fishing

1923  Locked Up

Goodbye Old Stone Pile 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Home Sweet Home 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Long and the Short 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Our Ball Team 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Out For Air 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Tough Birds 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Welcome to Our City 1923 A. S. Johnson prison
Will Be With You Soon 1923 A. S. Johnson prison

1926 Camping

Dinner With K. Y. W. 1926 Camping
Hungry Oh Boy 1926 Camping
This is the Life 1926 A. S. Johnson Camping
Working Up An Appetite 1926 A. S. Johnson Camping

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Additional Resources

Real Photo Post Cards    and   Catalog of Johnson Cards by Subject