July 25th, 2011

More Fun with Corn

Okay, I promise this is the last corn-related posting I’ll do this year. But there’s something about corn that makes people want to photograph it. I found two more corny postcards in my collection:

A family poses in front of their corn shock. They're identified as May, Florence, Charles, and Jay.

A family poses in front of one of their corn shocks. They're identified as May, Florence, Charles, and Jay.

Another family with their fall harvest of corn and apples. This one is postmarked 1907.

Another family with their fall harvest of corn and apples. This one is postmarked 1907.

Husking corn, circa 1880. Photographed on a farm near the one where J.I. Rodale started the original Organic Gardening test garden.

Husking corn, circa 1880. Photographed on a farm near the one where J.I. Rodale started the original Organic Gardening test garden.

Ephemera sometimes also featured corn:

This young lady, from a fertilizer trade card circa 1880, really wears her husks well. And how about that tassel-colored hair?

This young lady, from a fertilizer trade card circa 1880, really wears her husks well. And how about that tassel-colored hair?

Bonus points for the reader who can identify a source for 'Crosby's Early' sweet corn, a variety that originated in New England. Judging from its typography, this seed packet is from about 1870.

Bonus points for the reader who can identify a modern source for seeds of ‘Crosby’s Early’ sweet corn, a variety that originated in New England. Judging from its typography, this seed packet, from James Vick, dates to about 1870.

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