Threshing...


Threshing with hand flails,
Great Britain, ca. 1750. Image from ca. 1875
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Peasants threshing, a type of wheat.
Illustration from an edition of
Tacuinum Sanitatis, 15th century
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The threshing machine was first invented by
Scottish mechanical engineer Andrew Meikle for use
in agriculture. It was invented (ca. 1784) for the separation
of grain from stalks and husks. For thousands of years, grain
was separated only by hand with flails, and was very laborious
and time consuming. Mechanization of this process took
much of the drudgery out of farm labour
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Threshing Corn


Lunchtime on a Minnesota farm - 1900
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Ludovic Bassarab (1868-1933): 'Threshing'
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Threshing machine.
Drawing of a horse-powered thresher
from a French dictionary, 1881
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H. Bolton Jones and Francis C. Jones,
'Threshing by Steam', trade card, 1893
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Carl Larsson: 'Threshing', 1906
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Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975):
'Threshing Wheat', 1939
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Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975):
'Threshing', 1941
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