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In the early 20th century cotton was still one of the largest agricultural crops in America and you will notice numerous prints in our shop from The Progressive Reference Library (copyright 1932 by The Holst Publishing Company) that deal with different aspects of cotton production. This print is titled “Price-Campbell Cotton-Harvesting Machine”. It states at the bottom “One of these machines can pick 500 pounds of cotton per hour in an average field”. Holst sold his Progressive Reference Library as the cyclopaedia of general and recent information and it may well have been back then -- today it is definitely a snap shot of that time in history. The print definition and quality are typical of that time period as well, lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing but all of that is what makes this print both interesting and uniquely vintage 1932. .

From research it appears that Bernhart Holst, Editor in Chief was publishing teaching aids and cyclopaedia’s starting as early as 1906 but there is little information or books available after about 1932. Holst is described on the inside copyright page as Editor of Practical American Encyclopaedia, The New Teachers’ and Pupils’ Cyclopaedia, International Reference Work and Home and School Methods; Author of Poems of Friendship; Former Teacher and Superintendent of Schools in Iowa; Institute Lecturer and Instructor, Traveler, Translator and Interpreter.

There is slight yellowing of the paper around the image, in line with a book plate that is 76 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book pages measured 6-1/4 x 9-3/4” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame. While it appears the matting is unbalanced that is only due to my limitations as a photographer – it is uniformly matted to match on all sides.

Collectible prints are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great one of a kind gifts for the collector of agricultural prints or history enthusiast that you may know. Browse our store for other prints associated with agriculture and cotton in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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1932 Cotton Harvesting Machine Vintage Farm Print


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: original vintage book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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