July 18th, 2011

Colossal Kernels

nancy-80x80Gardeners love to claim bragging rights to the biggest, earliest, tastiest veggies. But sometimes they can resort to…well, exaggerating a bit.

One man, William Harrison “Dad” Martin, made a name for himself a century ago by capitalizing on Midwestern farmers’ pride in the abundance of their crops. He produced a series of postcards that used composite negatives—the early-20th-century equivalent of Photoshop—to insert absurdly large veggies into everyday farming photos. Such postcards, called “exaggeration” or “tall-tale” postcards, are highly collectible today.

In keeping with my corn theme this month, here are three of “Dad” Martin’s fantasy images that picture enormous cobs:

Now, that's bringing home the bacon!

Now, that's bringing home the bacon!

Someone needs to notify the SPCA. This is animal cruelty!

Someone needs to notify the SPCA. This is animal cruelty!

Never mind the corn; I want a pair of those striped dungarees!

Never mind the corn; I want a pair of those striped dungarees!

Hope you all are having a very corny July!

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