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By Pamela H. Simpson

ISBN-10: 0816676194

ISBN-13: 9780816676194

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Teddy Roosevelt’s head sculpted from butter. the freedom Bell replicated in oranges. The Sioux urban Corn Palace of 1891 encased with corn, grains, and grasses and stretching for 2 urban blocks—with a trolley line working down its heart. among 1870 and 1930, from county and country festivals to the world’s festivals, huge exhibition constructions have been coated with grains, culmination, and greens to claim in no doubtful phrases the wealthy agricultural abundance of the U.S.. on the similar fairs—but on a extra intimate level—ice-cooled instances enticed fairgoers to surprise at an array of butter sculpture versions together with cows, constructions, vegetation, and politicians, all proclaiming the wealthy bounty and never-ending promise held through the region.

Often seen as mere funny novelties—fun and folksy, yet undeserving of great consideration—these full of life varieties of American paintings are defined by way of Pamela H. Simpson in a desirable and accomplished historical past. From the pioneering cereal structure of Henry Worrall on the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition to the huge corn palaces displayed in Sioux urban, Iowa, and somewhere else among 1877 and 1891, Simpson brings to lifestyles those miraculous large-scale monitors in turn-of-the-century American festivals and fairs. She publications readers during the attention-grabbing varieties of crop paintings and butter sculpture, as they grew from country and neighborhood festivals to an important position on the significant overseas exhibitions. The Minnesota country Fair’s Princess Kay of the Milky method contest, Lillian Colton’s famed pictorial seed artwork, and the paintings of Iowa’s “butter cow lady,” Norma “Duffy” Lyon, are smooth models of this practice.

Beautifully illustrated with a bounty of never-before-seen archival photos, Corn Palaces and Butter Queens is an available historical past of 1 of America’s most unusual and beguiling Midwestern paintings forms—an a laugh and bizarre phenomenon that profoundly affected the way in which american citizens observed themselves and their country’s power during periods of drought and nice depression.

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