Story: Farming in the economy

Butter idol

Butter idol

Under the regulations that operated during the First World War, all New Zealand’s exports of farm products were bought by Britain at fixed prices. When that arrangement finished in 1921, prices fell. In response, the government in association with the dairy industry set up the Dairy Board to coordinate marketing in the UK. This 1927 cartoon shows a dairy farmer about to give a new coat of paint to the monument of a dairy cow, presumably alluding to the golden calf idol of the Old Testament. The paint is from a bucket labelled ‘improved marketing methods’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-313-1-013
Cartoon by Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Times of change, 1920 to 1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/17633/butter-idol (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008