Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wabash Farms

Today's picture was taken in 1938, and shows a farmer on a tractor in the field on the Wabash Farms in Indiana. On pictures like this, I am always surprised the farmer has not rigged up some sort of shade. It is an old tractor, but you would think you could rig up a piece of burlap to serve as shade.

Sorry for not getting a picture yesterday. I have a 30 minute window in the morning to post the picture, and if things are not working, I have to move on with the day. Hopefully the technical glitch has been resolved.


  1. We farmed about 2,500 acres in North Dakota. My brothers and me had the privilege of doing it with 2 fairly new Massey Harris "55" diesel tractors to work the fields. And then we would take the crop off with Massey combines. We also did a lot of custom combining. I think it was about 1959 before we got our first umbrella for some shade on the combines. Never did get an umbrella for the tractors. They were to cumbersome to have in such a small working area, barely enough room for one person.
    Some farmer were starting to get cabs for their machinery. The big drawback with them, is that they were hot and dusty and dirty inside. The cab never fit very good on the equipment, so there were a lot of area were you could see daylight out of the cracks. No A/C back in those days.

    Now days the cabs are as nice and about big as your living room (well almost)

    I see that guy is running his tractor with out fenders. Boy OSHA would have a SNIT FIT about that today. To dangerous for my liking. And no muffler also, there goes the hearing, A lot of the shielding is missing from around the engine area. They must have to work on it often, and didn't want to bother taking it off and putting it back on.

  2. I was raised on a farm in the 50's in Colorado. Dad attached an umbrella on the tractor.
    Farming was hard work but I sure enjoyed those days.

  3. But he does have shade: his hat.

  4. Roger, before you say something, you should really know what you are talking about. This is how Farmall F20 and F12 tractors were built. There is no shielding around the engine, no muffler, and I don't think fenders were ever offered either.

  5. No fenders! From the good old days when litigation was not a substitute for common sense.


  6. I often wonder why others who work in the sun (roofers, cement finishers,...) rarely rig up a shade...then ask self how many hours I've worked in the garden without rigging up a shade...I bet there would be a lucrative market for some kind of easy to set up & store shade, for people like me...

  7. There was also an F30 Farmall (for the rich big farmer)2-3 people could ride on the Draw Bar while you plowed, disked or what ever . Nothing un safe about that back when ! Also the hot water spashing out the leaky radiator cap was fun to !! BTW I live about 30 miles east of where this picture was taken .

  8. Sorry Terry, my bad. The first Farmall tractors I remember were the "A"'s, and they had fenders and full shielding around the engine area.

    I guess I'm thinking back to the Massey Harris tractors we had in the early "50"'s with big full fenders. I only used the seat when driving from place to place. When plowing or doing summer fallow I would sit sideways on the nice big fenders so I could look forward and backward with equal comfort to watch the equipment I was pulling.

  9. PJM, if you publish a post with a future date/time then it will appear on your blog at the designated time.

    This would let you queue up a whole week of pics over the weekend if you wished to, and then not have to worry about that half hour window during the week.

  10. Downtown Indy,
    Ha! Do something ahead of time? Never! If it was not for the last minute, I would never get anything done. I live minute by minute with the next deadline always approaching.

  11. That could mean an extra half hour in the bean barn or driving the tractor every day!


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