It’s Friday, which means here at Modern Farmer HQ we like to kick back and take a trip through the photography archives of the Library of Congress. From finding sweet-as-heck vintage victory garden posters to wondrous old-school farming pics, it’s probably the most fun you can possibly have on the Internet.
By the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s, steam- and gasoline-powered traction engines (or “tractors”) had gone gone from agricultural oddity to field necessity. Join us as a we take a look at the thirteen turn-of-the-century tractors. Watch your feet.
Threshing in Buffalo County, ca. 1888
Anders Hultstrand’s threshing machine, Soper Post Office, North Dakota, ca. 1895
Threshing by steam engine on W.M. Fellows farm near Kearney, Nebraska, ca. 1910
Tractor show, ca. 1922
Andy and Mandus Hultstrand plowing with the Pioneer tractor : Fairdale, North Dakota, ca. 1912.
Ford Tractor, ca. 1917
Plowing and seeding by steam in South Dakota, ca. 1907
Automobile plow in use in England, ca. 1906
Peerless steam lift plow, Pazandak Farm, Fullerton, North Dakota, ca. 1908
Plowing with a Geiser steam engine, ca. 1908
Agriculture machinery, harvesting, possibly in Colorado, ca. 1900-1920
Big 4 tractor plowing, ca. 1910
Three binders pulled by Twin City “25″ tractor, ca. 1918
Source: Library of Congress