Historical Photos

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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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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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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