Events

Johnson Smith Co.  "Only Concern of its Kind in America"

Monday July 17, 2017
7:00 PM


Christ Church United Methodist
5109 Washington Ave
Racine, WI  53406
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From 1923-1935 the Johnson Smith Company, seller of whoopee cushions, joy buzzers, itching powder and more (even exotic animals for a time) was headquartered in Racine. Under the leadership of founder Alfred Johnson Smith the company thrived, even during the Great Depression. Join us as local historian Stan Timm shares the remarkable story of the company along with select items from his amazing collection of gags, gifts and novelties from  a bygone era, which have been featured at Racine Heritage Museum. 
 
Stan Timm, holds a Bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and a Masters from UW-Whitewater. After retirement from a career with the State of Wisconsin, Stan worked as a substitute teacher in Racine Unified School District for ten years. He discovered the Johnson Smith Company as a boy: later in life, he learned of their Racine connection
 
This event is jointly sponsored by Preservation Racine and Racine Heritage Museum