Monday, March 9, 2015

Preparing the Ground

Today's picture shows farmers getting the ground ready for spring planting. The picture is in North Carolina and was taken in 1936. I am not sure what the horses are pulling. I wonder if it is a plow, but laying on its side.


  1. My husband grew up on a small farm in North Carolina. Their cash crop was tobacco. As a kid, it was his job to walk behind the mule, plowing, etc. One time he was having a problem with the mule and he started cussing at it. (Swearing was not allowed.) Unbeknownst to him, his father walked up behind him. "What did you say that mule's name is?" Oops.

  2. It could be a float

  3. It looks like a scraper bucket, to move dirt from high spots to low spots

    1. yes- that's what a float does

  4. What a stunning photo, with the two farmers, the plow, and the contrasting dark and white horse silhouetted against a cloudy sky. It could have been taken anywhere in the country during the Depression, where people had to work very hard to make a living, and so did their animals. It looks like these four are used to working as one team, not two!

  5. Yes, those are mules and the 'scraper' is known as a fresno.


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