It was a fun afternoon putting in this vignette, I am still waiting on my banta flatbed wagons for behind the steam tractor, but the scene is mostly there, this is how I picture my grandfather going with his father and grandfather back in rural Missouri where they cut firewood for a living in the late 1916-1927 era when he lived at home. He told me that doing construction, mainly catskinning and well drilling beat cutting wood every day and why he left at 16.

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Good looking scene Ron. I like the old tractor. The old saying, if it still works, why replace it. That's something my grandfather would say.

One interesting thing that came to my mind was something my uncle had told me. There's an old picture with him and my father on top of bales of hay on a truck. When I had asked him about them old days he had talked about how some of the neighbors had helped doing some of that. I asked what did he mean and he had said back in those days this person had this equipment, that person had this, this other person had that, so you all would work together on each other's farms to get everything done(in the community) because you all needed each other.

Dave,  It really was a community, even then equipment was expensive, and a lot of it was used only during harvest or planting time, by sharing it, and not having it all in one persons barn, let those who needed it, combine their efforts. 

Today, it is similar, specialty companies wander the states with combines, balers, trucks and hordes of people as they harvest fields, often living in RV's, trailers and motels as they nomad travel the country. The cost of a combine can be several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Yeah Ron, right about the cost of equipment. My grandfather used to get I guess it was something like Farmer's Quarterly or something along those lines. They have all interesting articles on equipment, plants, pests and new techniques in farming not yet seen. Somewhere in the back they would have for sale/want ads. One of the last ones I remember seeing that he told me about(I think the late 90's) was the programmable combines that were going to be a thing of the future(or something just before them). You just had to sit in there and let the machine go to town as you relaxed in the AC listening to the radio or such. Showed this giagantic field with two combines from way up above.

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