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

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The Art & Humor of     Stanley Johnson of Waupun, Wisconsin

What to do with giant vegetables that require people and horses to move them and that won't fit into the storage facilities. Johnson has some creative and humorous ways to make use of them as lawn ornaments, toys, or even fuel.

One of the Squash (1910)

Use as lawn furniture or a prop for the game of King of the Hill.
String Beans (1910) string
Our Kind (1911)

Look at the melons in Musk Melon and compare to the one at the right. The blemishes are the same. Johnson used images multiple times, just rotating them a little differently or sizing them differently in his cut and past printed photos.
Our Kind
Pears (1911)

There's a lot of fine precision cutting in this one, getting those pears behind the swing support frame.
Melon Party (1911)

Steve Biever of the Waupun Historical Society has sent in these identifications."Melon Party - boy unknown. girl Madeline Ahern, girl, girl unkn, girl XX Baldwin, boy, girl sitting unkn. Five of these same children appear in "Pears" above.
melon party
Beating the Coal Trust (1912) Coal`
Boy Scouts (1912) boy
My Treat (1912)

This is a companion piece to "Overloaded" and
Billy Go To It (1913) billy
You Have Had Enough (1913) enough
Lunch (1913)

While most often published with the "How We Do Things" overprint, this local card makes a joke of the prison that is located in the town. It is listed on the Variants page.

Another version of the same says "I am at Deer Lodge but not in the pen."
Shooting the Shoots (1913) shooting
Squashing the Records (1913) squashing
The Cider Mill (1913) cider
Cutting Corn (1913) cutting
Green Corn (1913)

Steve Biever of the Waupun Historical Society has identified these people as "Elmer and Wm. Vanderkin, Father/Son at their house on CTH I, just east of Waupun. They are also the "models" in the next card below, and in the same location.

The photos were taken on the same day. We have to wonder how many poses it took to get the one that was just right for the planned result. This card involves a lot more image positioning behind the models than the one below.
Sliceing (sic) Tomatoes (1913)

Sliceing Tomatoes ranks with Cellery and Aspargus for spelling errors. I imagine Johnson did not expect to be so closely scrutinized a century after his time.

This pose has the fruit images pasted on the surface of the original photo only, except for the insertion of the saw, unlike the one above that required more layers and more precision cutting.

Compare to original photo