The Multi-faceted Business of Threshing

Custom Threshing Circles Swept America’s Fields at the Dawn of the 20th Century

Bundle Wagons
This crew has stopped working to oblige the photographer; otherwise, the bundles of grain would be piled higher on the bundle wagons. Such a scene was common wherever farmers threshed bundles that had been cured in shocks. The Advance engine is burning the scrap lumber piled in front. As this picture verifies, adolescent boys often rounded out the threshing crews.
From the collection of Robert T. Rhode.