Saturday, December 10, 2011

A great picture

As many of you know, we recently obtained a 1930's era broom corn machine. While production is still on the small side we are learning some of the "tricks of the trade". With having a broom corn operation folks are starting to find interesting pieces to give us. The latest to come in is a picture from the late 1890's or so. From writing on the back we think it was taken in Illinois somewhere. The thing I love about photographs is the more you look at them the more you see. The gentlemen in the picture are stripping the seed from broom straw and bundling the heads. The machine they are using is based off the groundhog system and is being powered by a 1 mule sweep drive. Now, here's the hide and seek, do you see the chickens? Dinner is served!
A big thank you to Steve.