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1940 – Sugarcane Fields in Schriever, LA

Allis-Chalmers UC Cane tractors with Thompson Conversions working ground and traveling from one sugarcane field to the next. These photos were taken in June 1940 in Schriever, Louisiana. Photographer Wolcott, Marion Post (1910-1990) These photos are from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black and White Negatives collection. The collection includes

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1960s – Rice Farming – Steve Kole Farm

These photos are from the book titled: The Photo Story of The Kole Farm & Family 1935-1968. The book can be purchased at this link, https://kempcosolutions.com/index.php/product/the-photo-story-of-the-kole-farm-family-1935-1968/ Bogged John Deere “105R” Rice Combine “Doodle-Bug” Winch Cable Rescue 1968. Repeated Maneuvers with the “Doodle-Bug” advanced the “105R” Combine to better ground. Donald Broussard is the operator on

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1916 – This Tractor Claimed To Be A “Ford”

This circa 1916 silent film was produced by The Ford Tractor Company to promote and drum up pre-orders for their tractor. This Ford Tractor was not built by the Ford Motor Company, known for building the Fordson Tractor. This tractor was the brainchild of William Baer Ewing who seeked to profit off the Ford Name.

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1950s – Feeding Cattle In Winter

t’s the 1950s. How Do You Move Hay In The Winter? Take a look back at what life was like on a cattle ranch in 1950’s Nevada! Earlier we shared the “Haying Season” by Les Stewart. This film is also by Les Stewart, titled “Feeding Cattle in Winter”, showing how they moved the haystack to

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1941 – Harvesting Wheat in Eureka Flats, WA

D7 Caterpillar tractor harvesting wheat with a Holt pull-type combine. This collection of photos were taken July 1941 in Eureka Flats, Washington. These photographs are from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives Collection. Photos by Lee, Russel (1903-1986)                

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1950s – Cutting Hay In Northern Nevada

Take a look back at what life was like on a cattle ranch in 1950’s Nevada! The “Haying Season” is a film produced by Les Stewart around 1950 on the Ninety-Six Ranch and shows the process of cutting and stacking hay for the winter. Les narrates the film along with comments from his grandson Brad

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1939 Sheridan County, KS

These August 1939 photos show William Rall and his Family in Sheridan County, Kansas. William was a farmer and client of the Farm Security Administration. The Farm Security Administration was a New Deal agency created in 1937 to combat rural poverty during the Great Depression. Photographs were taken by Russel Lee (1903-1986). These photos are

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1940 – Cultivating Cotton

A fleet of Farmall tractors cultivating cotton August 1940 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Tractors have taken the place of the mule and the plow on Hopson Plantation where day labor is used almost exclusively, displacing the old tenants on the place. Photos by Wolcott, Marion Post (1919-1990) These photographs are from the Library of Congress, Farm

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1941 – Caterpillar Dealership

This collection of photos were taken at the Caterpillar Tractors and John Deere Combines repair shop in Colfax, Washington in July of 1941. They are not just a unique look at the day to day operations but portraits of the people who worked and did business there. These photographs are from the Library of Congress,

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The Fastest Tractor in the World!

What is the world’s fastest tractor? In 1934 it was the Allis-Chalmers Model U. The record setting speed of 65.45 miles per hour was set by Ab Jenkins, a speed record that went unchallenged for 81 years. There were 34 of these tractors built with a special transmission for speed. Allis-Chalmers is known as the

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