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Jack on Hay Rake: 1915

Jack on Hay Rake: 1915

"Eight-year old Jack driving horse rake. A small boy has difficulty keeping his seat on rough ground and this work is more or less dangerous." August 1915, western Massachusetts. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.



I rode the same kind of rake in 1950 and 51. My dad pulled it with a doodlebug, sort of a homemade tractor.

"more or less dangerous"...

"more or less dangerous"... Well, between this and the coal mine, I'd pick the more or less dangerous job driving the hay rake.

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