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Tractors

Identifier: Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Mechanical tractors and other large-scale farm equipment became more and more popular on Eastern North Carolina farms as technology progressed in the 1900s. Tractors that were cranked by hand using a small handle on the front of the machine and that used gasoline for fuel began to replace wooden hand-drawn and mule-drawn plows. The gray tractor is a hand-cranked Fordson built by the Ford Motor Company in 1918. The orange tractor, an Allis-Chalmers brand, also utilized a crank but was built to be more comfortable for the rider. Both of these tractors were used during the transition period between the use of mule drawn plows and the use of more modern day equipment. more...
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