Aultman & Taylor Farm Paintings

Aultman & Taylor watercolor farm paintings presented an ideal of agrarian perfection.

| March 2005

  • Aultman & Taylor farm paintings - barn, tractor, hay, mountains, and stream
    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Aultman & Taylor used colorful farm paintings like this one to promote its products.
    Illustration: Calvin Whitaker
  • Aultman & Taylor farm paintings - four watercolors
    Various Aultman & Taylor offerings were promoted in these evocative watercolors, which placed the machinery working in scenic locales around the United States and even in “Old Mexico.” The legend “Werner, Akron, O.” is just visible on each piece.
    Calvin Whitaker

  • Aultman & Taylor farm paintings - barn, tractor, hay, mountains, and stream
  • Aultman & Taylor farm paintings - four watercolors

In a seemingly never-ending bid to garner the attention and interest of farmers everywhere, the storied Aultman & Taylor Co. of Mansfield, Ohio, produced some of the finest farm ads of its day, including spectacular watercolor farm paintings — produced, it's assumed, for its many catalogs.

Reader Calvin Whitaker, who's particularly interested in material from the old threshing and agricultural steam engine manufacturers, shared a number of pieces in his collection with us.

Calvin has little information on the material, but an educated guess would date those he sent to the mid-1880s, a period in which Aultman & Taylor was especially active with colorful promotions of its products. In January 1892, Aultman & Taylor mailed out 540,000 pieces of mail, the largest quantity of material ever sent out by one firm in Mansfield. FC