A Family Farm Album

Farm and Land

A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

Harvesting Wheat
GWB and Warren with horsedrawn wheat harvester.
Printed by Raymond Bial from the original dry plate negative
The cradle used for harvesting wheat had a blade with 'fingers' longer than a man's arm. Hitting the wheat piled it up in the cradle. It was then bundled by gathering it under the arm and trying a wheat stem tight below the heads. The bundles were gathered together to make a shock by holding six bundles and pulling the heads together. Finally, a broken bundle was placed over the stack to make a waterproof cap. Each shock contained thirty to forty pounds of hay.

Collection of the Illinois State Museum
ISM Accession #: 1987.001.034

Harvesting Wheat

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A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

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