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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

This Tall: 1936

This Tall: 1936

July 1936. "John Frederick of Grant County, North Dakota, shows how high his wheat would grow if there were no drought." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Blessed With Tractor

At least this farmer had a tractor. At that time, my grandfather was farming in South Dakota using horse-drawn machinery. He didn't get his first tractor till 1940 or so.

Tractor??

John Deere GP cir 1930? anyone?

Oh yes

This one brings back memories, not of the 1930s, but of the 5-year drought we had in Kansas when I was a boy (1952-57). I wish I could see more of the tractor and the combine. The tractor may be a John Deere D two-cylinder. My father operated a Case Model P combine in the late 1930s. His dad drove the tractor and my father stood on a platform turning a wheel (which looked like a ship's wheel) to raise and lower the header. He said it was miserable work--breathing chaff and dust all day.

They was this tall

had grey skin, a little mouth and great big eyes, landed their saucer right over yonder where that big circle is burned into the crop!

 
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