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Tractor Pull: 1925

Tractor Pull: 1925

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1925. "Ford Motor Co. -- stump pulling." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.



The tractor is a Fordson, built by Ford Motor Co., which continued to build tractors at least through the 1960s. When I was young, my father had a 1948 Ford 8N with a 4-cylinder L-head engine. It was rated at 2 plows, which meant that it would pull a mounted plow with two shares. I never drove it in the field (he had traded it by then) but there is a movie of me driving the thing in the yard, obviously in 1st gear at about 2 mph.


I would not want to be anywhere near where those folks are standing if that cable suddenly decided to break.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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