Friday, August 6, 2010

Photo Number 274

This is some kind of small grain field. It looks like there are shocks of grain.
This is a Threshing machine, or Thrashing machine.  The wagon bringing in sheaves of grain is horse drawn.
 Thresh = to toss about; thrash. To beat out grain from it's husk.
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  1. These farming photos are great. It's too bad that the ancestors of those pictured have missed out on how their family made a living.

  2. Hard to tell, but that big contraption in the first picture looks like a steam powered tractor - if so, I wonder that they thought of the change of aroma... from horse "exhaust" to the smell of a steamer powered up.

  3. I can tell you from my great uncle's comments that the steam engines were incredibly loud but didn't smell as bad as animals did. Not only did you smell the horse sweat, but all the other smells that accompany an animal that does its business au natural. The smells get into the leather harnesses and equipment and never ever gets out.

    I love the reminders of the language of farming. I know all this terminology, but had forgotten it. Thanks for the nice reminders.

  4. I could be wrong, but I would imagine that if you took these into a modern farm implement dealership, that these guys would have a lot to say about the farming and differences between yesterday's methods and today's. It would be interesting.


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