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Friday, March 27, 2015

Farm life early 20th Century




Tractors for Sepia Saturday this week.  Go to this site to see what others have come up with!


I immediately remembered seeing something similar in the Heym photo album, my ex-husband's family which farmed in Michigan at the turn of the 20th Century.  These are my sons' ancestors.

If anyone knows what that machine does, I'll be happy to learn!

Horse drawn wagon and carriage...perhaps the same horse?

Livestock....plus farmer and wife and a child behind the pigs.  The child was to become my sons' grandmother, Mary Heym.

Pete the dog and unknown ancestor of my husband (who reminds me of him)

A portion of the page layout...fun!
Today's Quote:

Energy cannot be destroyed, but it can be transformed or transferred from one person, thing, or source to another. Though energy is formless, it does take form and shape in the way it flows and resides within all things: a grain of sand, a bird, a stone, and an ocean wave.
Madyson Taylor

21 comments:

  1. the picture of pete on the chair is a hoot, my grandmother's relative has a farm in Arkansas where they settled after the trail of tears then the highway went through and cut their farm in half, Gary's grandparents had a farm in New Hampshire, the stories they could tall us

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    1. So you inherited your green thumb, eh?

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  2. Great photos. Love the one of Pete - funny that he got a label and the ancestor remains unknown.

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  3. I was thinking the same thing about Pete and the ancestor! I especially like the photo of the family (?) standing among the pigs.

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  4. A great selection of photos! My favourite is Pete sitting up in the chair. He looks like he belongs but the unknown ancestor doesn't look so sure! Pete must have been a favourite to have a label!

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  5. Great farm photos, and I like your description of the little girl - I always think it's not quite right describing a child as an uncle/aunt/grandparent/whatever when in fact at the time of the photo he or she was just a child.

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    1. And I guess I should give the couple in the buggy credit for being the grandparents of my ex husband...or great grands, I'm not sure right now.

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  6. I really enjoyed all the photos but the one of Pete is the best of the lot. Lovely!

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  7. Look at that equipment! And is that a well or windmill or something else in the first photo?

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  8. Great photos, all of them. I really have to get myself a portable scanner and get looking through my cousin's albums next time I visit the family farm.

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  9. Super farm life photos. I like how people took such pride in livestock (and pets too) that they posed with them for the camera. The big machine is a steam powered traction engine: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Traction_engine
    They could haul very heavy loads albeit very slowly. Their main use was out in the fields running very long winches and leather belts to draw farm implements back and forth across the fields.

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    1. Yes Mike, I wouldn't have learned about traction engines without these Sepia Saturday posts! Incredible steam roller was posted by a fellow Sepian.

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  10. Old albums are so interesting. I love how people arranged the photos however they would fit, including sideways. My mom's albums has several pages like that. I always just wish people would have included names of the people in the photos. I especially like that someone took so many photos of the farm, including people, animals, and machinery. I especially like the wagon and carriage photos. That white horse looks grand.

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    1. I thought the 2 white horses were pretty neat too...then noticed two dark horses who were being held when there was snow...perhaps they colored them so they wouldn't disappear in the snow...ha ha, I'm being silly.

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  11. Pete on the chair is pretty cute. But my favorite is the family with papa in the middle of the pigs and mom with the little future grandmother-to-be in the background. There's just something about the way they're standing - not posed together, just simply . . . together! It's kind of hard to explain.

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    1. I agree, Gail...natural arrangements of people. Makes me wonder who took the picture!

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  12. You can always relate to farming in another country. There is so much that is familiar, including steamrollers :-) Great photos.

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  13. The traction engine has a very pretty and practical roof.

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    1. And I wonder if it also was made of iron! Goodness I hope not!

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  14. I love the traction engine - what a difference they must have made to the farmer's work life. Perhaps Pete was identified in the photo because everyone knew who the unknown ancestor was?

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