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The Gleaners: 1940

The Gleaners: 1940

October 1940. "Harvesting potatoes with a single-row tractor-drawn digger on a farm near Caribou, Maine." Acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

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Bull Gears

This Farmall tractor, along with several others built by International Harvester, is a design that I particularly like. The rear axle high above the center axis of the wheels indicates a "bull gear" setup, where most of the gear reduction that gives the tractor it's its pulling power takes place at the end of the driveline, with a large "bull gear" driven by a small pinion gear. This design enables a relatively small engine to provide tremendous pulling power.

The registration is right up to date.

Which I'm sure the tractor police would appreciate as well. The kid on the left with the basket appears to have wandered in from a Winslow Homer painting. Which is a nice effect.

At least we now know

the front tractor plate matches the rear, just in case the Maine Potato Police are checking.

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