This is a snapshot from the antique shop in Brainerd Minnesota.
This looks like a hay stack to me. The women have long hay rakes. The first hay rakes were made from branches, later they were hand tools similar to our garden rakes today..but wooden with wooden teeth/pegs and larger. Hay rakes could be used to gather straw too…but this pile looks soft to me like a haystack.
When I was a little girl one year we had several hay stacks in one of our fields..we put up loose hay..and what did not make it in the barn was stacked. I have a vague recollection of sliding down that haystack.
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