Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
Humorous Exaggeration Postcards
Major Update: In
2018 I started a new site of A. S. Johnson Postcards. With other people I met
via this page which started in 2003 and the book I did in 2013, we have been
able to compile a complete listing of the exaggeration cards of A. S. Johnson
and have images of all but a few.
Humor and Exaggeration
- Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr.
Check out this new site -
The Art and
Humor of A. S. Johnson of Waupun, Wisconsin.
I started this page ten years ago and have not updated it
much since. However I am now intensely involved in preparing a pictorial
catalog of what I am aiming to be the complete possibilities of what is
available to the serious collector of the A. S. Johnson, Jr cards.
I hope to have that back from the printer and ready for sale by June 2013.
I will publish more information here when that happens.
So far I have well over 139 different Johnson postcard
images. How many there actually are has yet to be determined, but that
is the goal to which I am aiming.
Johnson's first batch of postcards was published 30 October
1909, and the last I have found is dated 1923. However, the bulk of them
are 1909 to 1913 under his characteristic heading starting with "How We
Do Things in". The "Scene on the Road" series occurred in 1915 and I have
various stragglers dated 1916, 1917, 1918, and 1921, 1923.
Subjects include giant vegetables and fruits, fishing,
hunting, traveling and more.
Still hunting and getting ready to produce my collection
to date in hard copy format. Check back.
See a You-Tube
program that I did for local TV in January 2013.
Update September 2013
At long last, my book cataloguing the exaggeration
postcards of Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr from 1909 to 1923 is off the press.
So far I have identified 138 Johnson cards and all are included in this
book with commentary pointing out the process and notable elements.. This
has not been done before and no one knows how many there are. These are
depictions of turn of the century rural life full of humor and over-sized
produce, fish and unlikely traffic events. This will be enjoyed by postcard
collectors and those who are nostalgic about the "good old days." $15.00
for History Center members or $20.00 for
non members. Add $3.00 if you want it mailed. You can mail a check to The
History Center on Main Street at 83 N. Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933
or ask me for directions to pay by PayPal. Proceeds will help The History
You can also see a tv program about them on You-Tube at
11 SEP 2013 - I always said that the day I sent the book
to the printer, I'd find a new card. Actually it did not happen until two
days after I got the books back from the printer. "Brook Trout" is the
http://museum.msu.edu/museum/tes/talltale/Masters.html [Tall Tale Photography]
Alfred Stanley Johnson -http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/feature/talltales/footnotes.asp
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 06/01/2003
By Joyce M. Tice
Email: Joyce M.
Updated 12 January 2013 and 05 May 2013