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Advertising cane

Object Number: 
2010.24.136
Date: 
ca. 1880's
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 x 7/8 x 7/8 in. (88.9 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm)
Description: 
Manure spreader advertising cane.
Gallery Label: 
Manure spreading was a major industry in agricultural America during the post-Civil War period, and this cane was handed out to farmers as an advertising tool. The cheaply made walking sticks were quite popular among farmers. Before the emergence of the automobile, most men and many women used canes for walking and for climbing onto wagons and stage coaches.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group