Friday, December 17, 2010

Farmer


Today's picture is from 1939, and was taken in Jasper Country, Iowa. The box on the tractor is a radio, and it looks like bailing wire has been set up an an antenna. Interesting set up, but I am surprised you could hear the radio over the tractor noise.

15 comments:

  1. What a woosie, he is wearing gloves. In all my years of farming I only wore glove when it was winter time.
    I noticed how close the radio is to the steering wheel. Maybe that is why he is wear gloves, to save his knuckles when he turned to the Right. But you would think he would have mounted it a little farther away from the wheel.
    With a muffler the engine noise is less and is higher up.

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  2. Having been a town girl, I know next to nothing about tractors. I did often visit a friend who lived on a farm and I remember her dad would be very sunburned during the plowing season. Even though he wore a hat similar to the ones in some of the photos, he must not have rigged up a sunshade. Interesting week, as always.

    I think we might safely say that Handsome Jack's motto is: "What happens over the fence from Chickie Town STAYS over the fence from Chickie Town!"

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  3. How many battery powered radios do you suppose they had in 1939? Maybe this guy invented the first portable radio? He certainly invented the first mobile radio stand for a tractor!

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  4. I notice all of the tractor shots this week (and most all of the farm-related old photos I've seen here and elsewhere) show fields that are completely barren.

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  5. Yeah, Indy, plowing has a way of doing that to the fields.

    Mr. PJM said, "Interesting set up, but I am surprised you could hear the radio over the tractor noise."
    Maybe he hadn't already shot his hearing listening to an iPod.

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  6. What fun your blog is to see all the old photos. Congratulations on notable blog!

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  7. great photos congrats on the notable blog :)

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  8. What a different time it was! Love this!

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  9. These pictures really evoke a simpler time.

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  10. what a wonderful idea for a blog

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  11. very specific , time movement sense

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  12. I wonder if there was a concern of theft on these things.

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