Tidbit Tuesday: Turn of the Century GMOs

What’s that I smell? Another Tidbit Tuesday!?

I love you, Mrs. Beeton.


This week I’m sharing some postcards created by one William H. “Dad” Martin. No relation.

I had to.


Martin was a photographer located in Ottawa, Kansas during the turn of the century. He started out in 1894 as a photographer but it wasn’t until 1908 when he started using trick photography that he hit the big time.

“Taking geese to market” from 1909. Really big geese.


That was a pun. I made a punny.

Martin produced a series of postcards, many of which featured hugely exaggerated images of food. The photos were so popular that over the next three years he earned the equivalent of more money than I will ever have in my entire life.


“Potatoes grow big in our state.”


“The Modern Farmer”


“Good corn makes good hogs.”


Speaking of hogs…

“Feeding time.”


“Country Fair”


“Harvesting a profitable crop of onions.”


“Bringing in the sheaves.”

(source) <— That source also has a couple more pictures worth checking out.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, anyone?

Betcha didn’t guess that this was one of my absolute favorite books as a kid.


Keep eating and asking, my friends.



-“Did You Ever Have A Dream Like This?”  Fantasy Photographs — American Museum of Photography(SM).” American Museum of Photography  — View Great Photographs Online — History of Photography Exhibits. The American Photography Museum, Inc., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <http://www.photographymuseum.com/talltale.html>.

-Martin, William H.. “Food.” Lapham’s Quarterly 4.3 (2011): 5. Print.

2 thoughts on “Tidbit Tuesday: Turn of the Century GMOs

    • Esther Martin says:

      They’re such fantastic photos. They remind me of the Cottingley Fairies which, of course, I loved when I was younger.

      My Christmas stuff is giving me nightmares. It’s gonna be marvelous.


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