Combines have been saving the day for farmers since the mid- 1800’s. Even before the advent of those modern-day automated versions of this machine, combines pulled by a fleet of horses were sent to the fields to help make the harvest quite a bit more efficient.
Named for combining the three-step harvesting process (reaping, threshing and winnowing) into a single speedy technique, combines have completely transformed the face of commercial agriculture and have helped farmers to maximize the potential of their land. We turned to the Library of Congress archives to for old photographs of this classic farm machinery.
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