The reaper-binder speeding up harvests – Photography



Published by Paula Bray January 31, 2010 Photo of the day.





Powerhouse Museum – Sydney





    The reaper-binder speeding up harvests






    The reaper-binder was designed in 1858 to cut wheat, oats or barley stalks close to the ground, bind them into sheaves with twine, then drop them onto the ground. Men following behind the machine picked up the sheaves and arranged them to dry in bundles known as stooks. When dry, the sheaves were carted away to make a haystack, and were later threshed to yield their grain, or cut for chaff to feed farm animals. This machine reduced labour costs and allowed farms to expand in size






Photography by Charles Kerry Studio
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Post by Sandra McEwen


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