The Poster That’s Hung on the Walls of South Dakota Farms for 40 Years
If you lived on a farm or visited a farm in the last 40 years you probably recognize these two little tykes.
Actually, if you were in just about any shed, workshop, garage, or kitchen in farm country across North America in the 1980s and 90s you probably recognize these two miniature farmers.
The picture of a pair of twin boys in their new overalls, along with the caption "You Been Farming Long" has been a popular bit of decor for many folks over the years.
The kids in the picture are 18-month-old Matt and Chris Jacobs. They lived on a farm in San Miguel, California where the picture was taken.
In 1978 their mother took the picture. When she got the photo back from the developer (remember doing that?) she saw this one. The lighting, focus, and boy's expressions all came together for the perfect shot.
Their mom entered the picture in the local county fair, coming in third place. But, while on display at the fair, the picture caused quite a stir. People started asking for copies.
So their mom shared the picture. It was in a few publications. Then in 1982, a publisher added the "Been farming long" line and started to make the now-famous posters. The boys were on their way to rural icon status.
The twins have been seen on lots of things over the years, from postcards to coffee mugs. There are even little figurines.
The boys are grown up now and living in California with families of their own.
SOURCES: RFD TV, Ohio Ag Net, Amazon