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Catalog Number 10387-41
Title Blotter, Desk; National Corn Trophy, National Corn Exposition, 1909
Object Name Blotter, Desk
Description Bright pink backed desk blotter advertising the 1909 National Corn Trophy, awarded by the National Corn Association to the grower of the best ear of corn at the National Corn Exposition. Illustration of the elaborate silver trophy in the center. Green and orange lettering above the trophy reads "$1000 / National Corn Trophy." Smaller print around the illustration notes the trophy was made by Tiffany and measured 30 inches tall. Lettering on the actual trophy illustration reads "The W.K. Kellogg / National Corn Trophy." There is a smaller illustration of a box of toasted corn flakes at lower proper left.
Date 1909
Material Paper/Ink
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Douglas), Omaha
Used USA: Nebraska (Douglas), Omaha
Height (in) 6.25
Width (in) 3.375
People Kellogg, W.K.
Search Terms National Corn Association
National Corn Exposition of 1909
History The second National Corn Exposition was brought about largely by the efforts of Omaha businessman and civic leader Gurdon W. Wattles. Wattles, also instrumental in staging the Trans Mississippi and International Exposition ten years before in 1898, saw more than 100,000 people attend the corn show, which opened December 9, 1908, and closed on Saturday evening, December 19. The slogan "Prosperity Moves on Crutches When Crops Go Wrong" revealed the booster spirit which planned and promoted the corn show.

Though the National Corn Association endorsed Omaha as the logical point at which to hold the corn show annually, only the third National Corn Exposition was held in Omaha in 1909. Succeeding shows were held in other cities.

The 1909 National Corn Exposition was held in Omaha from December 6th through December 18th. According to the Chicago Live Stock World newspaper, Fred C. Palin of Newton, Indiana won the National Corn Trophy. This was the third consecutive win of the top prize by an Indianian.
Credit line John E. Carter, Lincoln, NE
Collection Carter, John E.