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Getting Agricultured

Last night’s adventure was going through a 41 pound lot of The Country Gentleman magazines published between 1915 and 1927.

Here are some of the covers (and one random ad portion) I uncovered while going through this rough but rather large lot.

There’s no place like hone.

How’s this for an advertising time capsule, or rather, paperweight and hone from the age of scythes and threshers? A premium given to potential advertisers of The American Thresherman magazine with a little cobranding from The Pike Manufacturing Company.

The whetstone side might be Belgian Yellow Coticule from the Ardennes, which would be 30-42% garnet crystals bonded with mica, which gives a sweet edge on a blade. Supposedly, the stone is one of the reasons Romans conquered Belgium/Belgica back in the day.

Preside at the Pail

Tom Brown’s Doc Vetter, as found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman
Tom Brown’s Doc Vetter, as found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman

The Safest Explosive

Magazine ad for Atlas Farm Powder found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman
Magazine ad for Atlas Farm Powder found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman

Farmer go boom.

Bone Shards:

The once-free book will now set you back $50 at Abe Books.

If it’s so safe, why did it say “Dangerous” on the crate?

Did you know that the Nobel prizes were pretty much made possible by dynamite?

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“I’m a terrific tornado…” — Mayhem

1904 Connecticut Fire Insurance Co. advertisement
1904 advertisement found in a 1959 collection by Charles Addams (of Addams Family fame)

“Cow.”Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt), Twister (1996)

AccuWeather identifies five types of tornadoes.

Do you know the Fujita Tornado Damage Scale?

From what I can tell from a version of this in the Library of Congress’s collection, this might have been a post-Victorian trade card, an advertising blotter or perhaps the top of a calendar.

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Several governors have now declared square dancing to be an essential service.

Cover of Farm Journal magazine, July 1952
Cover of Farm Journal magazine, July 1952

What happens after MAGA folks are told to practice social distancing.

Cover of Farm Journal magazine, June 1950
Cover of Farm Journal magazine, June 1950

Covergirl

If you know me, you know I had no choice but to find and acquire this magazine. 

Eek
November 1908 Farm Life magazine — was in rough shape but Photoshop helped me de-age it some.
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Just when you thought it was just a turkey in the straw…

One Girl

One girl possesses the mysterious power to control the wheat strawworm, just as the legends foretold.

But what if she doesn’t stop there?

Coming soon to a theater near you from the U.S. Department of Agriculture… Farmers’ Bulletin No. 1323 – The Wheat Strawworm and Its Control

Sometimes the stalks get stalked.

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“Your time has expired, leave.”

Ouch.
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