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

presented by The History Center on Main Street,
Mansfield, PA
How We Do Things, Second Ed.
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Moving Produce by Auto and Truck

Johnson transported his oversized produce in a variety of motorized vehicles, both automobiles and trucks. I have not seen examples using tractors.

Apples 1909.10.02 copyright 30 OCT 1909, postally unused
The man in the bowler hat appears in several of Johnson's posed scenes.
Variants: 1070.1909.10.02.b The Kind We Raise at Le Seur, Minn. overprint in black, postally unused.
               1070.1909.10.02.d How We Do Things at Grantsburg, Wis. postmarked 15 FEB 1911 at Granstburg
               1070.1909.10.02.e How We Do Things at Osceola, Wis. postmarked 08 OCT 1911 at Osceola
See Also RPPC version
Turnips 1911.02. copyright 1911. postmarked Burket, Ind. 29 OCT 1913. Excellent condition.
Going to Market 1912.04. copyright 1912. postally unused. Johnson managed to get five people crammed onto this truck for his pose. Notice the precision work of the side rails carefully pasted over the squash.
Marketing Potatoes 1918.01, copyright 1918.
This card demonstrates the Feeding the Army variant overprint used in 1917 and 1918. The same card was also printed with the standard How We Do Things motto. My own collection also includes a version with "Helping to Feed the Army at Mt. Horeb, Wis."
All four of these truck photos are the same truck in the same setting with slightly different poses of the model.
  Loading Peas  1918.02 Postally unused. This is the same truck as above but in a different photo shot. It is interesting to note that something went wrong in the printing of the Albuquerque batch of cards. In every example that I have seen, for all titles, the card's title is cropped off partially or entirely at the bottom. They are also slightly undersized.
 A Load of Cucumbers 1918.05 
 A Load of Celery 1918.07 
Some Road Lice Here 1916.01 Road Lice was a term equivalent to road hog, a person who blocks the road and won't let others by. Johnson capitalizes on the slang to interpret it as head lice. Rick FLetcher of Fletcher Studio, successor to Johonson Studio, confirms that the woman is Jonson's mother and the boy haveing the various vehicles combed out of his hair is young Alfie.
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