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By Robert T Rhode

The Harvest tale tells the epic story of wheat threshing in turn-of-the-century North the US. This e-book gathers right into a coherent recitation over fifty volumes of fabric released within the Iron-Men Album journal from 1946 until eventually the current. From this wealthy mine, the writer has distilled a narrative of not easy yet sincere paintings, of heartfelt cooperation, of triumph now not unmarred by means of tragedy-a complicated, interesting tale approximately America's previous.

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4 Even whistles served differing needs. In the wide diversity of technologies evident in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many inventions were directed toward improved farming. Magazine advertisements show that agriculture predominated well beyond 1900 in North America. ”5 Throughout the steam era, most farmers would have paid attention to that ad because they still raised livestock and were not involved exclusively in crop farming. S. sprang from the agricultural industry. In the steam years, the nation was mindful of its proud agricultural heritage.

I can look back and dream pleasant dreams of the smell of steam and the sound of a good clear exhaust and the smoothness of operation and ¤ne performance. 47 So spoke Ray King of Louisiana, Missouri. The preservation movement (described in the fourth chapter of this book) answered King’s prayer. Soon after the gasoline-powered tractor and the tractorpulled power takeoff combines made farmers relatively alone at harvest time, threshermen began to mourn the loss of the steam era. A. Preston Gray of Kingsport, Tennessee, said: Don’t speak.

Each summer, hundreds of shows of antique farming equipment are held in North America. These events serve to celebrate the past. They unite people to honor the broad, diverse agricultural heritage and to institutionalize a commonality of values. Historically the ¤rst public reunion of threshermen and their families, the National Threshers Association hosts an annual rally in Wauseon, Ohio; the four-day thresheree affords attendees the opportunity to share the nostalgia many rural people feel for the steam era.

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