Photo Album Showing Stock Farms in the Upper Midwest, California, and New York, 1911-1932, With an Emphasis on Aberdeen Angus Cattle
7" x 11" strong-tied album belonging to Vivian Harriet Hansen (1911-1998) of Montevideo, Minnesota, containing 200 b/w photos, corner-mounted on both sides of 48 leaves. The majority of photos are 3.25" x 5.5", about 30 are smaller. Vivian Hansen was the daughter of Hiram Eugene Hansen, a breeder of Angus Aberdeen Cattle. The album, which has many dated captions and is not compiled in chronological order, includes many adorable photos of Vivian and her little brother, Leslie, posing over several years with their ponies, calves, a pet steer, sheep, and other fine-looking farm animals. But most of it is devoted to showing the Hansen farm and the grounds, buildings, and animals of several other prominent stock farms, where the family presumably traveled to meet with other breeders. In addition to Montevideo, MN, the locations include the Hartley Stock Farm in Page, North Dakota (also a breeder of Aberdeen Angus); Island Farm near Duluth, MN; West Lawn Farm near Mapleton, MN; Harrison Ranch in Woodland, CA (described at the time as having the "largest and most valuable herd of Aberdeen Angus in the United States"); and an unidentifed farm in Smithfield, NY. There are views of prosperous-looking farmhouses, large barns, hen houses, silos, machine sheds, sheep and cattle grazing, and horses working fields. Many of the people they visited are identifed by name, as are a number of the horses and prize cattle. A very charming album offering rather rosy view of farm life in the early twentieth century.