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See what Christmas in the country was like in times gone by, as chronicled on the cover of our sister publication, Successful Farming magazine.
  • December 1910

    On this classic cover entitled Christmas Morning, the littlest member of the farm family wakes to find a shiny new wagon and stockings full of toys and candy.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1912

    What would you give for a pair of mittens hand-knitted by your grandmother? The lucky recipient of this gift will have warm hands all winter, thanks to Grandma.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1914

    Papa seems to be having a grand time shopping for gifts for the little ones. Grandma doesn't look so sure about spending her egg money on toys.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1915

    As a waving neighbor rides past on his sleigh, these farm kids enjoy the gifts of Christmas morning. They both look very happy!

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1918

    This Successful Farming cover, entitled Christmas at Home, depicts life for many families during a time of war. A soldier rests for a moment and imagines his wife and baby safe at home, while baby reaches for a soldier ornament on the Christmas tree.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1922

    These classic covers offer a glimpse at agricultural practices of the past. Here, the farmer has cut corn stalks by hand, tied them into bundles, and arranged the bundles into shocks to dry. 

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1924

    What a fun Christmas scene! A girl and her grandfather take a ride in the sleigh, while neighbors ice skate on a frozen pond. You can almost hear those sleigh bells jingling!

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1925

    Here's another snowy sleigh ride scene, but this time the whole family is headed for church. They aren't the only ones on the road, though -- there's a motorcar up ahead! Notice this year Successful Farming broke the 1,000,000 mark in circulation.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1926

    Is there a better way to spread Christmas cheer than by caroling? These adorable kids sing for their neighbors, and may be secretly wishing they were inside by that pretty Christmas tree.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1927

    The mailman stops by Fair Acre Farm to deliver some holiday packages. Mr. and Mrs. Judson seem very excited to see what's inside, and so does Spot!

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1929

    Santa had better watch his step! When this littlte boy realized he couldn't stay awake any longer, he set up a booby trap for Old St. Nick. Will Santa knock down the rope, ring the bell, and wake the boy?

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1931

    These deer seem to wonder what's going on as they look on the lighted tree and candles in the windows of the home below. This year, Successful Farming added a slogan to the cover: The Magazine of Farm Business and Farm Homes.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1932

    There's nothing more exciting for a farm kid than a trip to town. Here, a little girl and her mother enjoy a little window-shopping together. She has her eye on a pretty doll! 

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1933

    In 1933, a redesign of Successful Farming led to a more modern look. It's tiime to wrap presents, and the gift tags are just waiting to be labeled. Note the feature story: The Farmer and the New Deal.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1934

    On the cover of this Christmas issue, someone is busy preparing blooming plants to give as gifts, with pretty paper, ribbon, and tags. Note the price of the magazine is still just 5 cents!

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1941

    The Successful Farming cover was redesigned again in the early 1940s, and this is the first Christmas cover featuring a photograph instead of a painting or drawing. Here, a soldier identified as Private Jim Lucas of Kansas opens a box from home, complete with homemade goodies and a photo of Mother.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1944

    The look of Successful Farming continued to evolve in the '40s, but the tagline, "The magazine of farm business and farm homes" remained. By 1944, the price jumped to 10 cents. Here, a farm mom reads The Night Before Christmas to her kids.

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012
  • December 1945

    The cute little girl in this cover, identified as Betty Ann Goodhue of Iowa, follows in her dad's footsteps through the snow. She's carrying a lunchbox and homemade Christmas card, so maybe she's taking lunch to Dad!

    Date Published: November 20, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2012

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