Wednesday, August 22, 2018

More State Fair pics...

The big Keck-Gonnerman steam engine from an earlier post was being used to power this late 19th Century thresher.

I didn't get the details of the thresher's manufacture, but the steam engine was made right here in Indiana.

 A hideously complex array of leather drive belts obviously take skill to arrange and tension properly.

The thresher probably dates to the 1880s, while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was still some ninety years in the future. Even today, working around farm equipment is dangerous, and the price of inattention can be traumatic amputation.