Rural America: Farm Life as Photographed by Pete Wettach

10 views of farm country in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, through photographer's viewfinder.

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Putting up square bales with tractors. The boy driving the tractor on the hay fork gets the rookie’s job. An experienced farmer would place a 10-foot 2×4 on the ground in the driveway and explain the process. “Under no circumstance do you go beyond this point,” he’d say, “or you will pull the hay carrier right out of the end of the barn.” Clear instructions were an integral part of safety training on the farm.