F. E. Myers & Brother. All Praise to Admiral Dewey. Ashland, Ohio, 1898. Gift of Helen Beitler.
F. E. Myers & Brother used an abundance of patriotic imagery to sell water pumps and hay tools during the Spanish-American War. The flags of the United States and Cuba straddle the Myers shield while Uncle Sam wields a Myers pump in a visual allegory of the conflict. The ill-fated USS Maine, the impetus for the conflict, can be seen in the waters near Cuba. On the inside of this circular is a six-stanza poem lionizing first the might of the United States and then the superiority of the Myers product line, reading, in part, “When the great war is over, and we’ve won the day, it will be about time to look after our hay.”