Monday, January 19, 2015

Rusty Hay Rake

Horse drawn hay rake, Uxbridge-Scott Museum

From my archives, I confess.

Raking hay was (and still is) an important summer job on many farms. The number of animals a farmer could keep over winter depended on the amount and quality of the hay cut and collected. The invention of the horse-drawn rake was a huge boost to production. A horse drawn hay rake could do the work of eight humans with hand rakes.

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67 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Now, that's technology!

Revrunner said...

The snow sets it off nicely.

Andy said...

Being able to sit for many hours on a metal seat makes those farmers a tough bunch.

eileeninmd said...

Both the horses and farmers are hard workers, great shot! Have a happy day!

Buttons said...

Oh this was a great invention at the time. Those ancestors would love the new equipment of today. Hug B

Jeevan said...

Machinery takeover this job everywhere. I wish people use these as well to keep them in exists.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Nice to see one of the early technological advancements. Well captured!

Aimeecakes said...

What an interesting old object! And a great shot, I enjoy the shadows on the snow

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A rusty hay rake never looked so good EG :) Super composition.

Birdman said...

Nice still life of a season passed.

William Kendall said...

It stands out well against that snow!

TexWisGirl said...

great old rake!

Barbara Wójcik said...

I remember...

VP said...

A simple and almost elegant machine from another era...

Mary Hone said...

I love old "stuff."

Judy said...

It's good that old farming equipment is being preserved for new generations to see.

Rebecca said...

It might be an old one but you would never know since it is the right season.

Tom said...

I see many like this one in use on Amish farms. Tom The Backroads Traveller

RedPat said...

A nice sunny winter shot, EG!

Sylvia K said...

I haven't seen one of those horse-drawn rakes in years!! An uncle of mine had one on his farm and let me ride with him when I was a little girl!! What a great shot and thanks for the memories! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!

John's Island said...

Excellent photography, as always. I can't even imagine raking hay by hand. We take so many of our blessings for granted.

Rose said...

Believe it or not, we used to have one of these when I was a kid...and I know it was used, but I don't remember seeing it being done. I was not very old when it was left to set, and I think our parents gave it to someone.

Marie said...

A truly beautiful hay rake photo. I love the shadows in the snow. beautiful! And the info was great. Nice post!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, o trabalho humano exige sempre mais mão de obra, a foto é magnifica.
AG

DeniseinVA said...

That lovely old hay rake casts some pretty shadows EG.

Carola Bartz said...

This is truly beautiful. I love to see these farmer's tools (can you say tool?) and I often photograph them as well.

A Quiet Corner said...

Nice!...:)JP

Sandra said...

so pretty sitting there in the snow

Kathy said...

My grandfather used mules, rather than horses, to pull his plow and hay rake.

cieldequimper said...

That's one of the contraptions that I would love to use!

Shammickite said...

I'm trying not to post too many white snowy pics, just indoor pics of things that keep me feeling warm. Perhaps I'm trying to pretend that it's not really winter yet???

Malyss said...

That's a beautiful tool !

Fun60 said...

It's a piece of art especially with the snow.

Bethany Carson said...

Nice shot of the old rake!

jeannettestgermain said...

Strong composition! Even farmers have it easier now, they still are very hard workers!

Dianne said...

A great capture of this very useful hay-rake. which I'm sure in it's Hay-Day made quite a picture being horse drawn across fields of gold.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I remember my Auntie and Uncle having a rake like that.

Carver said...

The hay rake is beautiful in the snow and I'm sure is also beautiful in the raking season.

carol l mckenna said...

Very creative shot of a wintry scene~

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Powell River Books said...

Imagine what the huge new mechanized machines can do. Maybe equal to eight horse drawn rakes. - Margy

Michelle said...

A rather beautiful piece of equipment.

Stephanie said...

Looks beautiful with the snow.

Jane Hards Photography said...

We have a lot of working farms here, and they are terrific for photography finds. Lovely against the snow.

LV said...

Most farms are so modern now, you do not see many of these being used anymore.

Linda W. said...

Nice specimen! Interesting to think so much of farming used to be hard work by hand.

Randy said...

Amazing shot.

Cloudia said...

You teach the significance with spare words! Would that all education was as clear and pleasant to imbibe




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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Felicia said...

nice old piece of equipment.

Indrani said...

Oh! Discarded and abandoned.

Debbie said...

IIt's new to me, I'll bet it's seen its fair share of hard work!! It's a great image!!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

It doesn't look like it is going anywhere soon! Lovey photo!

Janis
Gerensboro, NC USA

Photo Cache said...

are they still in use these days?

Karen Hayward-King said...

What a cool old rake! Very nice capture of it as well..contrasts nicely with the snow..

ladyfi said...

A nice composition.

Gemma Wiseman said...

All those wonderful shadow details highlight the fact that this is more than a practical tool, but an appealing piece of artwork.

s.c said...

Great subject to photograph in the snow. Have you also tried some more graphical compositions here. Snow,shadows and a lot of sharp parallel lines are begging for it.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice pic, there is something about old farm machinery that really attracts people.

Roan said...

Beautiful scene. Love the rusty hay rake against the snow.

Joe Todd said...

Love the detail in your photos.. Hope you are staying warm this winter

see you there! said...

I imagine the horse drawn rake was a big deal when it came along.

Darla

Tanya Breese said...

nice find!

Judy said...

I love the shadows!!

orvokki said...

Very nice photo.

bettyl-NZ said...

I'm glad it's out so people can see it. Great snap.

Jack said...

Even though an archive photo, it fits the season and is a nice composition.

kelley jensen said...

that's a great looking antique.

Linda said...

Nicely shown! We see plenty of those around here in the Shenandoah Valley too.

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