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

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Harvesting Giant Produce

Johnson’s scenes demonstrate the cycle of farm and garden production and all the complications of dealing with enormity and abundance. The planting and growing part of the process is done and the next steps involve moving it, using it, transporting it, storing it or marketing it. Johnson takes each step  to its humorous conclusion.

Kkohlrabi (1913), Red Raspberries (1912), Black Raspberries (1913, Digging Aspargus (sp.) (1910),and Carrots (1912) all represent produce at the point of harvest.


  In Carrots, I believe that the woman and child on the right are Johnson’s wife, Myrtie Ihde, and their son Alfie who would have been this age in 1912. They appear in other cards as well.
Digging Aspargus (sp) (1910):
Black Raspberries (1912): While Johnson has posed the man in a position to imply movement, the immobile dog gives it away.
Cutting Cabbage (1909)