Darrell's father, Richard Carter, threshing wheat in western Oklahoma with his 1917 Case steam traction engine and 48-inch grain separator. The wheat shocks in the background did not have to be capped with a fanned-out bundle, Darrell explains, because the air there was typically dry. The high-wheeled wagon by the threshing machine was probably the one Richard used to pick corn with, because the one near the steam tractor was usually filled with coal for the engine. A water wagon operator can be seen in the engine canopy's shadow near the pump handle. That would be Darrell's job when he got old enough.
Photo by Ron McGinnis