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Old 03/17/07, 11:23 AM
 
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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, 12:03 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, 12:09 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, 01:08 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, 01:35 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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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, 06:22 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, 06:24 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, 07:01 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, 07:04 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!


'Scuse my ramblin's this eve. Been a long day.

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Old 03/17/07, 07:52 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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Old 03/17/07, 08:06 PM
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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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Old 03/17/07, 08:52 PM
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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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Old 03/17/07, 09:32 PM
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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, 09:37 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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I'm wondering why the mama cat isn't teaching those little kitties to hunt the baby chicks - happens around here ALL the time!

Nice poster, though. Lots of details to hold one's attention.

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I thought those were heels! My grands and great grands dressed this way, but didn't wear heels, they wore what one grandmother called 'brogans', although not like mens brogans, but rather just a lace up shoe with rounded toe and a short heel. Sort of like a black 'saddle shoe' in style but with a heel, not flat. I have a few pair myself, they are very comfortable but near impossible to find.

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Old 03/17/07, 09:49 PM
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Wow, I love this poster! I could easily see it framed in my house! In the meantime, I'll have to make do with it as my computer background.

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My grandma ALWAYS wore a dress, apron, hankie over her dress belt, hose and the familiar "old lady" black heels. I don't remember her any other way! I didn't wear pants until I got into high school and jeans became popular for girls to wear. When we would go get fresh chickens at a neighboring farm, I would wear my uncle's little league pants rolled up so that I could run and catch the chickens after their heads got chopped off! My grandpa thought it scandelous that my grandma would let me wear pants for THAT even!!!

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Old 03/17/07, 11:55 PM
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The only animals without a mate and/or baby is the bunny at the ladies feet and the dog. I think the artist was combining the American dream of a productive farm with a little bit of everything a person would want. It must be hired hands doing the field work, the father, or maybe grandfather is mowing the yard with a power mower, not the push type that we all used back then. Another contrast is the boy on the horse and the tractor on the hay trailer, also the airplane in the sky. It's almost like they are making the conversion from the old ways to the new modern machinery. During that era, most trailers were still being pulled with a team of horses, only the affluent had a tractor. But, maybe the hired hands were a team that owned the equipment and moved from farm to farm during harvest. The combine in the field doesn't make sense to me. If the babies are all hatching & being born, then I would assume it's spring, but harvest would be later in the year so again, there's a question of what are they harvesting? I could see them cutting hay, but they wouldn't be using a combine for that. Maybe that combine is really a baler?

I never seen my grandmother in anything other than a dress. I didn't see my mother wear jeans until the 70's. It just wasn't done. Women wore dresses everyday back then.

It's a wonderful poster. If it was mine, I would give it a place of honor in a frame under glass.

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My aunt and uncle had one hanging in their house when I was growing up. It burned when the house burned years ago. It's the only other one I've ever seen.

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Yes, when I look at the poster, it is a combine - there is a hopper and all.

One thing that gets me is that Holstein bull hanging over a pretty weak fence near mom and girl. Read in the cattle forum about killer dairy bulls.

Of course, I doubt the artist ever meant to be completely accurate. Probably some city guy who just wanted to capture the entirety of farm life in one scene, maybe even just for city kids who wouldn't know the difference.

I gaze at it as a kind of fantasy escape - dreaming of the ideal farm without having to do the work. I remember my early days of stuffing hay in the top of barns in near 100 degree temps.

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We had that same poster that came with our World Book Encyclopedia back in the 60's. I dont know whatever happend to it and I do remember spending a lot of time staring at it as a child.

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Grandma wore heels, of a sort

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I thought those were heels! My grands and great grands dressed this way, but didn't wear heels, they wore what one grandmother called 'brogans', although not like mens brogans, but rather just a lace up shoe with rounded toe and a short heel. Sort of like a black 'saddle shoe' in style but with a heel, not flat. I have a few pair myself, they are very comfortable but near impossible to find.
And they were of the highth say of a motorcycle boot, tho maybe only around 2in round
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That poster has the bee hives all wrong... unless they really did have round ones in the fifties. They look more like bumble bees anyway.

I will research this.

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