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Great Sport Shooting Rabbits in Iowa

William H. Martin (American, 1865–1940)

Date:
1909
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 8.4 x 14 cm (3 5/16 x 5 1/2 in.) Frame: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.) (Multiple postcards in frame)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.460.7
  • Description

    The tall-tale postcard was a uniquely American genre that flourished in the Midwest between about 1908 and 1915. The earliest master of the genre was William H. “Dad” Martin, a studio photographer in Kansas who established a successful sideline crafting photomontages of outlandish agricultural abundance. Intimately familiar with the tribulations of Midwestern farmers, including a fierce drought that parched the land for most of the 1890s, Martin lampooned the inflated promises of fertile soil, abundant rain, and hardy livestock that land companies used to lure settlers westward.

  • Provenance

    Charles Isaacs

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