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

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Moving Produce by Goat Cart & Kid Power

It can’t be helped that every Johnson collector has her or his favorites. I have several favorite series, and the children using goat carts to move their vegetables and fruits are among them.

  I am guessing that the variety of conveyances photographed by Johnson for his scenes were people in and around Waupun who were using them around town. It's easy to see how they would inspire Johnson to turn them into a setting for his exaggerated produce.


             Just Plums (1911) has two goats and two boys. When I first studied this scene I was convinced that there was only one boy in the shot and that he had been printed twice and reversed and pasted in. Having seen the original photo from which this was made, i can see that they are two different boys, probably brothers, because they look alike. The boys have their coats buttoned in reverse of each othere which is why I drew that conclusion initially. Apparently either one boy did his buttons wrong or the person who made them made a mistake. Only the plums are added to this scene, and they are just very simply pasted on the surface with no manipulation to put them behind anything else.


             In Strong Combination (1913) the humor is in the title. These appear to be the same or similar pair of (aromatic) goats as above with an equally aromatic onion. 


In Strawberry Express No. 1, (1913)  the title is cleverly integrated into the wagon.


Early Onions (1912) shows us an  entirely different kind of goat cart as well as a different goat based on the horn pattern.


Apple Butter (1913) has a boy riding high on top of an apple on the way to being turned into apple butter.


Strawberries (1912) is a beautiful card. Of course, a pony does not qualify as a goat, but the design is similar. The little horse looks so healthy and the strawberries look so fresh.


Peaches (1911) shows us another example of Johnson’s duplication of images. The boys on the left and right are different poses of the same person printed in different sizes as in Just Plums.