Friday, July 3, 2009

101/365 A century-old practice

This view reminds me of an old photograph from several decades ago.

I think of round bales as a fairly new concept, but a little research on Wikipedia has proven me wrong. Round baling machines were introduced as early as 1910, and the first to be sold to the masses were produced by Allis Chalmers.

That's amazing, that this machinery has been around for 100 years.

I think of some of the vast changes that have been made in other areas, such as the difference between automobiles now and a century ago or the idea that calculators hadn't even been invented yet. But then to read that farmers 100 years ago were baling their hay and straw in round bales, a system still in practice today, and the dichotomy is very interesting.

I guess if it's not broke, don't fix it, right?

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1000 at about 7:00 p.m.

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