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Regional fairs brought farmers together and highlighted innovative and high-performing agricultural practices. Farmers in the Middle Connecticut Valley region were famous for raising immense stall-fed oxen who were then sold to drovers who walked them to the cattleyards at Brighton, Massachusetts, near Boston. Jerry was a particularly impressive example of an animal renowned for his stature. Note how his handlers hid Jerry from view to passers-by. The banner aroused curiosity, but only those willing to pay ten cents to view this ox of extraordinary size could enter the tent.

 

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Jerry "The Avery Steer" Banner at the Fair

date   c. 1900
location   New England
width (framed)   10.625"
height (framed)   8.5"
height (sight)   3.5"
width (sight)   4.5"
process/materials   paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1992.01.02.01


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Some Apples and Potatoes - Eastern States Expo.

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