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Agricultural implement models

Agricultural implement models
Date: Between 1939 and 1940
A photograph showing miniature models of agricultural implements made as part of the Work Progress Administration's Museum projects.


Angell Plow

Angell Plow
Creator: Angell, Charlie J.
Date: 1926
One-way disk plow manufactured by Charles Angell of Plains, Kansas. Angell, a wheat farmer, developed a plow that set all disks at the same angle, or "one-way," to increase tilling efficiency. Farmers liked that it plowed faster and easily broke up hard soil, but its overuse created a fine, dusty layer that quickly blew away in heavy winds. This is a smaller version of the actual plow, which was ten feet wide. Angell made this four-foot model for use in his family's vegetable garden.


B-M lawn mower

B-M lawn mower
Creator: B-M Mower Company
Date: between 1940 and 1957
Model VD 17 B-M Power Mower. The B-M Mower Company of Blue Mound, Kansas (Linn County), produced power mowers from the mid-1940s until 1957. The company promised customers that its aluminum-body mowers would save time, work, and money "and make mowing your lawn seem like child's play instead of hard labor."


Eye Hoe Blade

Eye Hoe Blade
Date: Unknown
This metal hoe blade was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1957. It gets its name from the collar or "eye" at the top of the blade, which is used as a handle attachment. Eye hoes are also called peasant hoes, ox eye hoes or scovil hoes. They are common throughout the world and represent one of the oldest styles of hoe.


Grain sampler

Grain sampler
Creator: Seed Trade Reporting Bureau
Date: between 1912 and 1916
Grain sampler used to obtain samples of grain at various depths in railroad cars on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. Cylindrical brass tube pointed at the bottom, bulb-shaped wooden handle at the top. Oval windows run the length of the tubing. When the handle is turned, small compartments open behind the windows. Manufactured by the Seed Trade Reporting Bureau (later Seedburo Equipment Company) of Chicago, Illinois.


Harvesting, binding and stacking shocks of kafir corn in Haskell County, Kansas

Harvesting, binding and stacking shocks of kafir corn in Haskell County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of two unidentified men harvesting, binding, and making shocks of kafir corn, in Haskell County, Kansas. A one-row binder cuts and ties bundles of the livestock forage, after which the individual bundles are set upright in shocks to dry.


Harvesting crew and equipment, Russell County, Kansas

Harvesting crew and equipment, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 17, 1910
One side of a stereograph showing S. A. Roe's threshing machine, operated by a steam-powered tractor, in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a threshing crew, a large mound of harvested wheat, a man seated in an open Buick automobile, and a man seated on a horse-drawn water wagon.


Harvesting kafir corn

Harvesting kafir corn
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of a farmer harvesting, binding, and making shocks of kafir corn in an unidentified field in Haskell County, Kansas.


Harvesting kafir corn and loading a header barge

Harvesting kafir corn and loading a header barge
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of farmers harvesting kafir corn in Haskell County, Kansas. Robert Franklin (Frank) McCoy is in the foreground holding stalks of kafir corn. Visible in the background are two unidentified men with the horse-drawn harvester and header barge equipment.


Hoe Blade from Blue Earth Village, 14PO24

Hoe Blade from Blue Earth Village, 14PO24
Date: 1795-1830
This broken hoe blade was recovered from the Blue Earth village site and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1880. Blue Earth village was a Kansa Indian village in Pottawatomie County. Iron hoes were used for heavy duty garden and field work. Many lodge depressions were still visible on the surface of the village in the 1880s.


Lawn sweeper

Lawn sweeper
Creator: Parker Sweeper Company
Date: between 1955 and 1959
Electric lawn sweeper for removing leaves and other debris from a yard. An electric motor drives brushes located within the housing. The brushes sweep waste into the canvas catcher. This model was manufactured in the late 1950s by the Parker Sweeper Company of Springfield, Ohio, under the model name Electro-Sweep. It was used by Elna Ridgway of Atwood in Rawlins County, Kansas.


Plowing, Russell County, Kansas

Plowing, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: August 12, 1910
View of men driving five horse-drawn plows, each pulled by a team of four horses, tilling the land on the G. Garrett farm in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a man seated in an open automobile parked in the tilled field, and houses and farm buildings along the distant horizon.


Plowing, Russell County, Kansas

Plowing, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: August 28, 1912
View of people working with six teams of horses which are pulling plows at F. Sprinkle's farm in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a man and young girl standing next to an an automobile, and two unharnessed horses.


Shell Hoes from Archeological Site 14SA415

Shell Hoes from Archeological Site 14SA415
Date: 1200-1299 CE
These gardening hoes were recovered from excavations at archeological site 14SA415 in the 1970s and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2020. The hoes were made of local mussel shells and show use wear on the edges. The mussel shells were perforated in the center and these holes served as mounts for the handles. They were recovered from a Smoky Hill phase lodge at the site occupied during the Middle Ceramic period in Saline County.


Threshing wheat

Threshing wheat
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This photograph shows a harvest crew pitching wheat bundles from the header barges on the John Hutchinson Ranch, presumed to be in Haskell County, Kansas. The steam tractor is visible in the foreground and the thresher is in the back left of the image. After the wheat was cut by the header, barges were used to haul the wheat to where the bundles were pitched by hand onto a stack. Later, a threshing outfit would pull up to the stacks and separate the grain from the chaff. The wheat was thrown into the thresher where the grain and chaff was separated.


Tools from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, 14WH316

Tools from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, 14WH316
Date: 1857-1941
This wrench and pliers were recovered from the 1991 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Hollenberg Pony Express Station in Washington County. The wrench was designed for a particular equipment brand and is marked with "DEERING" on both sides. Deering has manufactured farm machinery since 1880. The pliers are a type of specialty pliers with a 0.28" wide fixed jaws. The site was the location of a pony express station, a stop on the Oregon-California trail, a post office, a blacksmith shop, and a farm with barns and other out buildings. The site was purchased by the Kansas Legislature in 1941 and is in the National Register of Historic Places.


Trued Brothers Tractors

Trued Brothers Tractors
Date: May 1925
These five tractors from the Trued Brothers Tractor Company are breaking land for Simon Fishman, northeast of Tribune, Kansas, in Greeley County.


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