Old family photo of my great grandfather, his two brothers, and one nephew. Taken on or near the family farm in Belgrade, MO.
Great photo!!!! I love that tractor.
Family photos like that are priceless!
Cool picture.. Those old school tractors are great. That was probably nice farming equipment at the time i am sure it beats a mule. Tim
Can you imagine a tractor operator nowadays putting on a necktie before he went to the fields?
With all the exposed moving parts most of that generation of equipment had it's amazing they all weren't choked to death with those ties.
That traction engine photo posted by Joe is of a Harrison Jumbo steam engine built about 1895 pulling a Gaar Scott grain separator. Likely it was rated as a 12 or 14 horsepower unit. It was built by the Harrison Machine Works in Belleville, Illinois. They had been in business since 1845 making farm equipment and when they started to build steam engines, they wanted a special name. Mr. Lee Harrison received permission from P. T. Barnum to call his new steam engine "Jumbo". after the famous elephant. You can see "Jumbo" cast into the side of the steam chest.
I've posted photos below of two of these units that have survived. The operational one is #1486 rated as 12HP and built in 1895. The one in the museum is a 14HP serial #1550.
Thanks for the pics & history of the farm machinery, Roger. Belleville, IL. is just a couple of hours from Belgrade, MO. by today's standards. Probably a full day back then!
Not sure if this was owned by my family, or they were just workin' it for someone. They even had the old fashioned names; Standing between the two pieces of equipment is my great grandfather Cassander(Cass), his brother Charlie far left, his other brother Chester sitting, his nephew Clarence standing at the wheel, all McNabb's.