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

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The Art & Humor of     Stanley Johnson of Waupun, Wisconsin

The Scene on the Road series of 1915 illustrates the very real conflicts that arose in the transitional period between horse-drawn and motorized transportation. Johnson's brand of exaggerated confrontations turns it into humor.

Johnson posed his friends in all kinds of distorted positions and then pasted them into various wrecks. If you look closely you will see the same characters used more than once.

 
Held Up held
Homeward Bound homeward
Joy Ride

There is neither joy nor ride in this scene, and no exaggeration, either. This is the way it was in 1915. Very few roads had been paved and they were only in some towns. Rural areas were mud and ruts as shown here.

The dog is a pasted in feature, but the rest is just a very authentic photo of an automobile being pulled out of the mud by a horse team.
joy
The Milky Way milky
Beware of the Water Wagon beware
The People We Met people
We Never Stop never
We Stopped Here stopped
You Are To Blame  (1921)