Historical Photos

What’s A Jayhawk Hay Stacker?

Do recognize this contraption used to move hay? These photos from 1939 show a John Deere tractor using a Jayhawk hay stacker. These stackers were manufactured by The Wyatt Manufacturing Company of Salina, Kansas. Wyatt built and sold its first hay stacker around 1903 which was powered and drove by a team of four horses

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Harvesting Guayule In Salinas, California – 1941

You might recognize the Caterpillar Thirty crawler in these photographs, but it’s doubtful you recognize the mechanical contraction it’s pulling. This photo, taken in December 1941, shows the harvesting of guayule in Salinas, California. Guayule is a type of vegetation which grows best in hot, dry climates and used in the production of natural rubber.

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1941 – 20 Mules Pull Combine To Harvest Wheat

These photographs were taken in July of 1941 in Walla Wall County, Washington State. They are a great snapshot of the past, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of these hardworking farmers. The photographers were taken by Russell Lee (1903-1986) and are part of the Library of Congress collection.

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1939 – Allis-Chalmers Fleet in Ralls, TX

These photographs from 1939 were taken in Ralls, Texas. They show a small snap shot in the daily lives of the hired day laborers who worked the land. These hired men worked for a landowner who farmed 4,900 acres. The men preform maintenance on several Allis_Chalmers tractors, fixing the plow sheers and and adjusting the

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1940 – Ericson Brothers in Box Elder County, Utah

The Three Ericson Brothers purchased an Allis-Chalmers Model M Crawler Tractor with a loan from the Farm Security Administration (FSA). These photographs were taken in August of 1940 by Russel Lee (1903-1986). These photographs are from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives Collection.  

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1939 – Minneapolis Moline Factory, Minneapolis, MN

Photos taken at the Minneapolis Moline Factory in Minneapolis, MN in September 1939. These photos are from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black and White Negatives collection. The collection includes about 175,000 black and white film negatives taken from 1935 to 1944. Its an amazing look into our past and

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1939 – Picking Cotton in Mississippi

Picking cotton with International Harvester and Oliver equipment on the Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi. (October 1939) These photographs are from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives Collection. Photographs by Marion Wolcott Post (1910-1990)                          

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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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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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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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