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Old 03/17/07, 12:23 PM
 
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Photo/poster-1950's fantasy farm?

I've got this poster hanging in the basement - my wife bought it years ago at a garage sale. It has copyright 1957 on it. Don't know how many farms actually looked like that. Old McDonalds and all. I can't ever seem to get my wife to dress up to feed the chickens.

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Old 03/17/07, 01:03 PM
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Nice poster. Noticing the house...guess I didn't think folks were living in 'ranch' houses then (seems so 60's!) But I can imagine my grandparent's farm looking pretty much like that. And my great-grandmother was always in a dress and apron!

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Old 03/17/07, 01:09 PM
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What a lovely poster! That would be framed and hung in my kitchen!

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Old 03/17/07, 02:08 PM
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The livestock in the drive isnt right and the water at the end of it wouldnt happen like that but the rest could be pretty close.

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Old 03/17/07, 02:35 PM
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That's not really dressing up (the wife I mean) it's pretty much how women used to dress.

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Old 03/17/07, 02:38 PM
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Hmm, all those babies and their putting hay in the barn. Also looks like they may be harvesting something in the background. (Its tan, so something ripe, not alfalfa). Wonder what is special about the one cow that gets to keep her calf, while the rest are being milked in the parlor.

Must be from some where much farther south than where I grew up.

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I'd love to have a poster like that!

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It's a great picture to examine, especially if you would have been a party to scenes somewhat like this. The picture was the painters dream of what it might have looked like. Most things in the picture had a place on a farm somewhere from the early 30s until the 60s, but never all grouped together around one barn on one farm as shown here.
If we only wanted reality, we could look at a photograph. The details put into this picture can hold our thoughts and attention for as long as our little hearts desire. It deserves a more prominate location for display. Unk

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Old 03/17/07, 07:22 PM
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With all the fertility and fecundity in that poster, I'm surprised the woman isn't shown pregnant!

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Old 03/17/07, 07:24 PM
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I like how fertile everything is - Cat has kittens, geese have goslings, cow has calf, mare has foal, chickens has chicks,
mom and dad have child..

seems that is where we all need to live!

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Old 03/17/07, 08:01 PM
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... Cat has kittens, geese have goslings, cow has calf, mare has foal, chickens has chicks, mom and dad have child ...

Reminds me of those little plastic figurine sets I used to play with as a child ... everything had babies ... there were always mamas and babies, but as I'm sitting here, I don't seem to recall there ever being any bulls, or boars, or stallions. Hmmmm ....

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Old 03/17/07, 08:04 PM
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Just an addendum to the above. I do recall there were always roosters and ganders and tom turkeys. And, of course, there were often the human daddies and little boys!


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Old 03/17/07, 08:52 PM
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The animals in the farm lane are a bit fanciful, but the lady of the house isn't dressed up, nor is the little girl. My grandmothers dressed like that every day for the most part back in that day and dressed their daughters (my mother and aunts) much the same way unless they had to help daddy in the barn then it was overalls.

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OK DJ, I am not far from you, have a checkbook and ready to deal. Whats it gonna take... lol

Seriously, it is a very nice picture. You need to find it a position of prominence.

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My take on it

The road runs off to the left of the pond like they had had alot of rain and that was a spot in the side of the road that held water, The combine is a pull type either IHC or AC , and theyre combining either oats or wheat. A cow that had just had a calf for a week or so back then they would/might have been left with the calf for awhile. Older brother is probably putting the hay in the hay elevator. That is a hay elevator, not a grain elevator. Those were a gleam in the eye of farmers back then. I never saw one till the late 60s. im guessing. The brown short tube is a corn crib. I would never think of putting up hay and combining on the same day. Whose going to bring in the grain wagon in and put the grain in the grainery (wherever that is) while older brothers bringing in hay. Also, everybody I knew practically still had a team back in the 50s. Course, this looks like a thourely modern farm. All the work theyre doing, I can see why she aint pregnant. He must be combining in the evening as they boy has got all the cows in the stalls. Maybe he has to milk while they do the hay and oats. lol

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Are there any other markings like who printed it or who the artist was?

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Well, shoot, maybe I should take it to Antiques Roadshow – could be the only copy left, worth $100,000.

Now, the basement ain’t so bad - it’s where I hang out most the time and where I am now. I’ve spent hours looking at this poster, seems there’s no end of things to ponder. I’ve become a bit attached to it, so would take a bit to separate me from it.

I did a search to see if there are others but no luck, maybe someone else is better at that. Here’s the info on the bottom of the poster:

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Copyright 1957 by Field Enterprises, Inc, publishers of the World Book Encyclopedia and Childcraft

All Rights Reserved

Printed in USA

R-12-60


I learned that Field Enterprises was dissolved in 1984, so probably copyright no longer applies. Maybe I could take the poster somewhere and get copies made and send them out. It’s a big poster over 3 feet wide.

The field in the distance is wheat harvested by a combine pulled by a tractor.

In the mean time, if people want this as a screensaver, I’ve saved it here full sized:

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p...IMG_1220-1.jpg

Edit: Bob, just saw your post, I gave above all the info I could find printed on the poster. Don't see any artist name.

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Nice poster. Noticing the house...guess I didn't think folks were living in 'ranch' houses then (seems so 60's!) But I can imagine my grandparent's farm looking pretty much like that. And my great-grandmother was always in a dress and apron!
So was mine.

But, did she wear HEELS to feed the chickens?!
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THANK YOU DJ.

It is currently my background. If you can get it copied put me on the list to buy one from ya.

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Old 03/17/07, 10:37 PM
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The comic strip "Steve Canyon" was printed by Field Enterprises. Not sure if it's the same one...

There is also this http://www.auburn.edu/academic/educa.../harperel.html

And I think world book still owns the "Childcraft" name and copyright...
http://store.worldbook.com/wb/product.asp?sku=20204

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