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Corn Palaces and Butter QueensA History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture$
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Pamela H. Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676194

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.001.0001

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Butter cows and butter ladies

Butter cows and butter ladies

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(p.53) 3 Butter cows and butter ladies
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Corn Palaces and Butter Queens
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Pamela H. Simpson

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of the history of butter sculpture, beginning with Caroline Shawk Brooks’s exhibit of the bas-relief portrait of Dreaming Iolanthe at the Women’s Building at the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Brooks also gave butter-sculpture demonstrations in Chicago in 1893 with other women amateurs. Inspired by Brooks and sponsored by regional creameries, these women displayed their butter sculpture in the Dairy Building. The chapter discusses how butter sculpture was a means for combating the rising threat of the artificial butter called oleomargarine. It examines the rivalry between the two industries and the legislative efforts to control food quality. Butter sculpture became a standard feature of state and regional fairs and international dairy meetings.

Keywords:   butter sculpture, Caroline Shawk Brooks, artificial butter, food quality, fairs

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