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I discovered this old photo, torn from its place in history, but not by me ;-)

I would love to frame this with an old advertising piece for it, but I have no way of identifying the make or model...even after scanning it in at very high resolution, and going over every inch of the photo magnified.

I know the smoke stack, it's being horse drawn, and other tell-tale signs might help "those in the know" to ID it, and I did search yahoo and google photos with no success.........any info?

I was finally able to rescan the image, crop and adjust it. I hope this new image helps.

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  1. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    cool.....now appearing in Unsolved Mysteries...................
  2. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    They sent me something to press on. It does show unsolved on my end, but I don't know. I'll have to take another look at the harnesses on the large format picture. This is a dark photo, and now small in size to be placed. I had assumed it was horse drawn because the tractor behind it also has a horse team in front of it. I wondered if it could be some sort of road team, but most of the wheels on those machines are much larger...unsolved

    Thanks Jay
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I'm not so sure that it is a stationary steam engine, there should be a wooden tongue attached to the front axle, it's possible the horses were helping pull it.
    Most stationary engines did not have a platform & tenders on the back, my guess is that it is a traction engine.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    The tractor behind it is actually a threshing machine.
  5. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 1 year ago
    ^agree with WS
  6. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    Thanks both. I had originally thought the front might be a thrasher, but after studying the large file it isn't. The second very well could be. I'm trying my editing software to see if I can lighten it up, maybe saving it slightly larger than this one.
  7. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 1 year ago
    the second is a thresher
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    There is no doubt, it is a threshing machine in back. I can make out a number of the components on it.
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Post a new image straight as I had to do a sceen capture & straighten it myself to study it better.
  10. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    It took me 3 or 4 programs, but was able to straighten and lighten it better...placing now
  11. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    After straightening one successfully, it would not load here, now just these two load
  12. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    You're not having good luck getting things posted!
    I use FastStone Image Viewer 4.8 (free).

  13. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    I like free...I'll try it. Thanks again Walksoftly
  14. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    Tried the FastStone. Still can't get the pic to do what I want, or to straighten to any decent degree. Tried loading what I had worked out, but only those two show. The FastStone did show a lot more detail, parts from the machinery, and the horses are hitched, but no name or anything I could tell you that might further ID this
  15. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Move your cursor to the left side of the screen & a menu pops up. Under Rotation, Resize & Text there is a selection in the top row right for straighten. That will allow you to do a fine tune rotation in any direction.
  16. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    I think it needs to go to a paper conservator first, they might be able to fix some of the damage.
  17. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    I'll retry walksoftly, has to be later today though.

    I like the idea of conserving this photo, but the cost to me would be limited. Thanks Phil
  18. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    for Jay
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threshing_machine
  19. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    In that era threshing was done by a large group of men, the engineer ran the steam engine, he had a helper that kept water & fuel available. Bringing the sheaves of grain to the thresher required at least four teams of horses pulling wagons/racks & a pair of men for each. They brought the sheaves to the threshing machine & forked them onto the feeder. Once the grain was separated from the straw it went up the elevator where it was measured automatically by the bushel & then ran down a pipe to be put into bags or direct into a grain wagon. The separated straw went to the back of the machine where it was sent through a large blower & pipe arrangement to be put up into large stacks. One man was required to monitor the threshing machine & the overall operation. Boys were enlisted to bring fresh horses out to the field when needed.
    Meanwhile back at the house the wife of the landowner would be busy preparing meals for all the men. It took a lot of work to keep them well fed & her reputation as a good cook would be on the line.
  20. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Jay they are in transport mode here, the engine has to turn around & face the thresher.
  21. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Here is a good video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LQDnlG2qDs
  22. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    We have a great small fair every year where they bring working engines, threshers, washing machines, etc...it's quite interresting
  23. AboundingOddities AboundingOddities, 1 year ago
    I haven't had the op to work with the photo further yet....but I am hoping to tomorrow

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