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Print, Photographic (threshing scene)
Print, Photographic (threshing scene)
Resource Typeimage
TitlePrint, Photographic (threshing scene)
Coverage / Year1900 to 1910
DescriptionPhotograph. Threshing scene on the Allen Grant Little farm, Hensley Township, Champaign County, Illinois. Image shows a threshing crew operating a steam thresher attached to a blower. Several full wagons are in the foreground, along with waterbarrels and a water truck.
InterpretationIn 1881, Allen Grant Little and his parents and two brothers moved to an 160 acre farm in Hensley township. At age 21 Allen began keeping a journal of his farm life experiences, which he maintained for 27 years between 1888-1917. This picture of a threshing crew on the Little farm shows a threshing ring in action. Steam threshers were too expensive for most individual farmers to own, so a group would either buy one together, or hire a professional thresher to thresh their grain. The group of farmers would work together to bring the crop in quickly. As this picture shows, threshing was also a social event involving large groups of people.
Lesson Plans / ThemesCelebrations and Festivals;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social systems;
Author or CreatorEarly American Museum
Subject / KeywordsThreshing; Illinois; Farming; Farmers; Agriculture; Little, Allen Grant; Threshing Ring; Hensley Township, Illinois
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
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Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1995.008.0008
CONTENTdm file name30.jpg
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