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Midweek Mystery: Wheat Harvest

Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Frony took this picture of a farmer working with a threshing machine.

We first thought it was a combine, but a tractor can be seen at the far right side.

The name and date are unknown.

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It looks like a thresher

-- Posted by hollyshort on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 8:54 AM

Wish I could borrow one of those for the leaves in the yard.

-- Posted by Kllrfsh on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 10:09 AM

that sure is one snazzy hat the old boy is wearing !

check out the open belts running on the side of the machine . OSHA would have a cow if they saw something like this happening these days ...

-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 12:00 PM

HOLLYSHORT's right---that's a thresher. No need for a big-issue, now! But, it IS a thresher.(Combines/harvesters of the time were/are equally "strange"-machines!)

As for a date? Late 40's/early 50's? Because, judging by it's size/construction---the tractor that's sitting beside it looks a lot more modern. However, we can't see what's actually powering the thresher.

Ain't as "romantic" nowadays, is it?

RICK: Yeah, but the fella on the ground is still in a better-spot than the one on top, eh???

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 12:32 PM

That gave me a flashback to John Prine's song, Ain't Hurtin' Nobody, where he has a line,

"There's roosters laying chickens and chickens layin' eggs; Farm machinery eating people's arms and legs."

-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 4:31 PM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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