100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Postmarked September 4, 1912

In the 1890’s photographers started creating “freak photographs” using photographic tricks to create humorous or absurd photographs showing impossible scenes. Oversized crops and animals were a popular theme, especially in the Midwest where farmers got a kick out of sending pictures showing corn as big as trees and cabbages larger than barns to relatives back east. The oversized farm and dairy products evoked the idea of easy abundance at the heart of the American dream. When photographers started printing these freak photos on postcards and selling them around 1895, they proved to be an enormous commercial success. Captions written on the photos, such as “We grow ’em big here!” often further identified the images as jokes.

This postcard is from the Gold Medal Art Company – J Herman publisher. It shows a freight car from the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad. Several other large vegetable postcards were made using the same photo of the freight car.

“The Kind We Raise In Our State”

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