Saturday, September 22, 2012

Harvest Season

The 2012 Palouse Region grain and legume harvest is now in the elevators and on the way to market so I thought I'd post some photos of wheat harvests past. The first three images show horse/mule-drawn combines.

The next shot shows a load of cut wheat, waiting to be loaded into a threshing machine. The machine was driven by a long belt attached to the PTO of the tractor. Note the extra belt in the foreground.

The following series of shots show various aspects of the harvest, from the men operating the bulldozer-drawn, powered combine, the grain trucks waiting their turn, a farmer taking a break in the shade of a grain truck, and grain being delivered to the elevator or silo. The Chevrolet grain truck shown in the field would indicate these photos were taken no earlier than 1947.


The next photo came from the Vern Carstens estate, Reardan, WA. It is probably dated late 1940s to early 1950s although the grain truck is much older. This is a crop out of a color slide which hasn't aged well.
The next photo is a color slide from another estate. Location may be the eastern Palouse, probably taken in the early-to-mid-1960's.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Last Days of Summer

The first day of Autumn is two weeks away so I thought I'd start out with some photos of summer fun. The first group shows the family of a girl named Myrtle, enjoying a campout at the lake, a picnic, and a visit to Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The photos are part of an estate collection I acquired at auction. I was able to use notes written on the photos and the Internet to learn a little more about her later life with her husband, Benjamin Reuhl. There were three parts to the photos. I got one but had to convince another buyer to sell me some shots from the second part. He gave me the name of a guy who had the third, but I never heard back from him.

This next shot shows Myrtle on the far left, standing next to Benjamin, who would become her husband, if they weren't already married at the time of this shot. Benjamin was an architect and he and Myrtle lived in Spokane.

The rest of the shots show the activities at a summer camp, location unknown. The shots look like they may have been taken prior to 1920.