Giant crops from Wisconsin's fertile soil, 1911-1917

In the mail: Tall Tale postcards by Alfred Stanley Johnson

Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr., a photographer from Waupun, specialized in tall tale postcards featuring oversized produce and animals. Staging his family and friends to pantomime story lines, Johnson added enlarged images of fruits, vegetables, and animals to fit in the set-up background. The tall tale postcard was intended to extoll the superiority of Wisconsin soils, attributing the giant crops and animals to the ingenuity of local communities.

Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
The Progressive Era
Farming and Rural Life
Creator: Johnson, Alfred Stanley
Pub Data: Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television.
Citation: "In the mail: Tall Tale postcards by Alfred Stanley Johnson." Wisconsin Historical Images Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 1/21/2018