Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Photo Number 271

I think this is a hay wagon and a hay loader. There are three men in this photo.  Although the photo is a little blurry, the team of  horses are wearing fly nets.  Up here when the flies were bad, you attached the nets to the hames, the nets with their dangling strings  helped to keep the biting flies at bay especially when the horses were moving.

 I wish the rider on the horse was not in the way.. I wanted a closer look at the hay loader in action.  There are many of these hay loaders sitting like old dinosaurs in some of the old fence lines. One of our neighbors has one sitting at the end of their driveway, she has vines trying to grow up it.  I remember when my Dad made loose hay..before balers.  But he had a tractor.  I remember getting the slings positioned just right on the wagon was a big deal.  I can still see huge bunches of hay disappearing into the haymow.
This photo is not marked with a date..maybe it is from the 1930's.
Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)


  1. Fascinating detail about the fly nets which I had never even heard of, never mind seen.

  2. I've used fly nets. They are better than nothing but far from working 100%. Kind of like the fly sprays we use now.

  3. Its so different now - with the machines that cut, roll, and wrap hay into perfectly round hay bundles (are round ones still called "bails"?).

    Loose hay must of been a mess and a lot of work... I see pictures like this and thing, those guys really did a lot of work in their long days.

  4. Now you might have a climate-controlled and noise proof John Deere implement to help you with that work. This picture does give a hint at what hard work was involved.

  5. What an interesting photo. When John and I drove around last week to take photos of kudzu, we saw a few old tractors, wagons etc. covered in kudzu!

  6. These old photos remind me that my ancestors had a tough row to hoe, and even on our worst days, life is easy-peasy these days! thanks for taking us back.


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie