Steam powered threshing machine, Lancaster County, PA, circa 1890.
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Image of threshing machine. A farmer sits on a carriage style seat. The machine has four big wheels on the sides, and an engine attached to the back with a stack extending from the base. Another farmer rides on the back. In the background sits a farmer in a carriage, drawn by a horse.

Credit: Courtesy of Landis Valley Farm Museum

In the late 1800s steam-powered threshers vastly increased the speed by which grain could be cleaned. Traveling from farm to farm–since few could afford them–they and their gasoline-powered successors ended the age-old chore of threshing by hand.

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