Did this tie the bundles of wheat? Oats? or Barley?
Was it a drill?
Maybe it shucked corn? How far out can I get?
I have no imagination as to what to guess. I would like to know where you are finding all this neat machinery, Steve
It's a thingy.
OK, I know Dwight is preoccupied but it's his turn.
I don't know what it is really, but I go with Ann's answer.
PS wish I'd thought of that.
P.S.S. Me, too - Ann is too clever by half. Surely, it did wonderful things, thereby saving the farmer much work and frustration....Can we keep this up until Dwight, with his degrees in Agriculture, identifies it with a surety?
Still waitin for Dwight.
I think he is sleeping.
The suspense is killing me. Why would Dwight know what this is?
It's horse drawn and that round can on the back holds twine.
So Judy was right? Congratulations! Why else would we use twine? Sheaves of grain? bales of hay? (Nah)
Dwight has been occupied and is worn out. However, he will offer his inexpertise. At the University of Wyoming, we studied sheep, chickens, sugar beets, beans and barley. We also studied how to measure antelope droppings per hectare of sage land to estimate the size and breeding habits of antelope. We did not study gentleman farming. However, this machine was invented by Elijah Slapdoodle, a fifth generation Amish genius in 1897. He was shucking corn for his still which manufactured medicinal grade alcohol. He could not tell where he was going since he had to drive the team one way while his seat was perched in the opposite direction. He never knew for sure what the machine was because it never really worked very well. OK now you can tell us.
Dwight is absolutely correct, it cuts corn stalks at the root, one tedious row at a time. Every Amish farm in NY has one which means that they must make a hell of a lot of medicinal alcohol.
Certainly is quiet out there all of a sudden.
Eureka! And look back at my second entry on November 6, 1009 at 7:52 p.m. What did I guess? How is my intuitiont? Crowing time!
And P.S. to that - Dwight, that was a brilliant bit of nonsense, and I'm not really that smug, but I'm so seldom right.
If I understand correctly one person drove the team and one sat on the backward seat so that he could tie off the bundles of corn. We've pretty much only seen one person cut the corn and lay it in bundles without the twine. They'll do a hundred acres in this fashion.
Glad you added to our agricultural education. Thanks, Steve.
I want to know more about Elijah Slapdoodle. I wonder if anyone has looked him up in Family Search????
The clue was to blow up the photo and see the corn husks. No sweat. but Liz did have it right to begin with. Can we run these comments up into the 50s and 60s? We need a pic ture of the guy sitting backwards and where the brotheren sits who drives the team the other way. Elijah Slapdoodle is a right wing talk show host who is promoting natural cures in an MLM.
Did anyone notice that Steve was up at 3:25 AM? What was he doing besides checking the blog for carbon foot prints? Did anyone Google this? I am learning to do that when strange emails come requesting this or that. But I have refrained from googling this as per my PROMISE to Steve!
My posts are recorded at Rocky mountain time.
Well, you certainly got a lot of mileage out of that picture, and some interesting information. What else have you got, Steve? Can you top this for comments?
Stephen,I do believe that it is MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME. Where does this "Rocky" come from? HA! I always wanted to do one of those@>!
Or is Rocky Mountain Time only a subliminal slip of the keyboard for those with great longing to move west but are tempted by the promises of blue water, balmy days, alligators on the front porch, hurricanes, critters run up and down the walls, i.e. Florida.
Twenty-nine is surely an unlucky number. Is Elijah Slapdoodle a really real person? I don't believe it! Amish country is very interesting. We get a catalog called Lehman's, which has lots of Amish stuff in it. Just in case you need to think of anything else to talk about in this blog???? (As in Mountain Standard Time?) And, why didn't I think to click on the picture to make it bigger? Helps a lot to figure out what's been growing in the field.
What is all the fuss? Do you not live in the Rockies? Do you not have mountain standard time? Hense Rocky mountain time. (I was biting my lip to see who was going to blow up the photo and see all of the corn hanging off the machine.) Yes there is a Slapdoodle, derived from a Pennsylvania Dutch family whose real name was Slapenzedoodle. This was shortened at Elis Island as were so many other emigrants names.
Can you prove that, Steve - I mean about the name Slapdoodle? Which side of Deutschland did that name come from?
Mary Lynn wants to know if this is the seam ripper saga replacement.
Tell Mary Lynn that this exceeds by all expectations the seam ripper saga. For sure!
Steve, you didn't answer Elizabeth's questions. Let's keep this going. We can't let a good thing die. (We could even take off on the seam ripper again. No?)
What's a seam ripper?
What's a thingy?????? That word is not in the dictionary. We need another explanation.
"Thingy" should be in the dictionary, it's a very useful word when you get stuck to explain what something is. i.e. Ann's answer for the machinery. By the way, Judy, aren't you the queen of seam rippers?
thing-y (thingee) noun1. Facetious. any small item whose name is unknown or forgotten.-adjective2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of inanimate objects.Thingamajig is slang for thingy.So am I concidered a noun or an adjective when I am parked in front of the TV?
That would be an inanimate object - noun or otherwise!
We call them Thanksgiving decorations.
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