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Tall-Tale Postcard: Santa on a Bi-Plane

Date: 1909
Description: Photomontage of Santa Claus and his reindeer riding on the top wing of a bi-plane. More sacks of toys and wrapped gifts are on the lower wing. Buildings an...
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Tall-tale Postcard: One of the Squash

Date: 1910
Description: Three smiling children wearing white sitting atop a gigantic, dark squash. Text in top left corner reads, "Beaver Dam, Wis." Fence lines back of squash. Ti...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Catfish

Date: February 1910
Description: Six men wearing black jackets and hats stand proudly in front of a giant catfish. The catfish rests on the bed of a horse-drawn sled. The text in the upper...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Musk Melons

Date: 1911
Description: A man and a boy use dollies to haul giant musk melons near a train. In red text on the upper center portion is the inscription, "How we do things at Bald K...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Riding a Pig

Date: 1916
Description: Two girls wearing white dresses ride a pig, sitting back-to-back. One girl holds the pig's tail and the other holds its ears. A boy pokes the pig's haunch...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Onions

Date: October 30 1909
Description: An elderly, bearded man hauls a giant onion using a dolly. The man is wearing a black hat and white work gloves. The background shows the side of a barn....
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Tall-tale Postcard: Sugar Beets

Date: October 30 1909
Description: A man on a large horse-drawn cart hauls a group of giant sugar beets. The two horses are stepping onto a dirt road. An inscription in the upper left corner...
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Tall-tale Postcard: We Never Stop

Date: 1915
Description: A man is driving an old-fashioned car with three women passengers on a road littered with cows. The driver has hit a cow with the car, causing it to fly in...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Plenty Potatoes

Date: 1912
Description: Two men, one wearing overalls and one wearing suspenders, stand on top of a mound of giant potatoes. A large cart drawn by two horses carries the potatoes...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Man Riding Sheep

Date: 1916
Description: An older man is riding a sheep on a dirt road. He has a small barrel, some sausage links, and a loaf of bread. The object in his right hand appears to be a...
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Tall-tale Postcard: The Buck Fever

Date: 1910
Description: Two men are hunting with rifles in the Wisconsin woods. It is winter; there is snow on the ground. Instead of shooting a deer, one hunter shoots a giant...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Rabbits

Date: 1910
Description: Two hunters stand around a pile of giant rabbits that they have killed in a Wisconsin forest. It is winter; there is snow on the ground. One of the hunte...
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Tall-tale Postcard: A Good Bag

Date: 1910
Description: Two hunters, rifles in hand, transport the giant rabbits they have killed homeward. They have tied the rabbits to a wooden pole, which they rested between...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Pickerel

Date: 1910
Description: Two men stand staring at a giant pickerel fish laying on a long, wooden horse-drawn sled. The scene takes place in an industrial district, including a lumb...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Peaches

Date: 1911
Description: Three young boys gather around a wheelbarrow filled with giant peaches. One of the boys is holding a peach that has been broken open, exposing its pit. Two...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Big Pike

Date: 1910
Description: A group of working class men stand staring at a giant pike fish resting on a long, wooden horse-drawn sled. The scene takes place in an industrial district...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Men Riding a Cow

Date: 1916
Description: Three men ride a dairy cow on a dirt road, while a fourth pulls at the cow's tail. Of the three men, one is holding a tennis racket, one is holding a golf...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Some Style

Date: 1913
Description: Two men are pulling a giant fish over a wooden fence. They are on the shore of a lake. On the ground beside the men rests a pile of several other giant fis...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Our Barn is Full

Date: 1912
Description: Several women and a man are outside of a barn, which is overflowing with giant onions, corn, and potatoes. A ladder is placed against the large stack of on...
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Tall-tale Postcard: Out for Air

Date: 1923
Description: Two police officers holding rifles escort two prisoners into a paddywagon. Lining the road is a long, perspective view of an outdoor prison. Red text impri...

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