[N.p., likely Hansford, Tx.]: 1909. Printed broadside, 22 x 7.5 inches. Moderate even toning, a few short closed edge tears, old folds. Very good. Item #2469
A very rare broadside listing the "cash premiums" for various livestock, crop yields, prepared foods, and other products and services at an agricultural fair in Hansford, Texas in the first decade of the 20th century. Hansford is located in the far north-central portion of the Texas panhandle. Among other interesting details, the text at the top of the broadside indicates the previous year's fair was centered around the promotion of the Enid, Ochiltree and Western Railroad. The fair advertised here brought together the ranchers of three counties - Hansford, Hutchinson, and Ochiltree - for the 1909 fair, which would once again focus on "encouraging agricultural development" in the area. The livestock detailed here include horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry. Among the crops to be judged are wheat, oats, barley, corn, alfalfa, peas, beans, potatoes, and watermelons. The "Art & Culinary Department" offers prize money for the best pound of butter, loaf of bread, lemon pie, point lace, embroidery, and button hole, among other talents. The bottom of the broadside is signed in type by the president of the fair, A.E. Townsend and Secretary W.S. McNabb. Judge A.E. Townsend was the publisher of the Investigator newspaper in Hansford, which is likely where the present broadside was produced. OCLC records just two copies of the present broadside, at SMU and Texas Tech. A wonderful printed relic from rural far north Texas.