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Haying, Baldwin, ca. 1890

Haying, Baldwin, ca. 1890

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Haying was hot work in the early 1900s. Here a loafer rake is being used to rake up the scatterings while the final few pitchforks of hay are tossed up to the man waiting with his fork to pack it down. The hay is being pulled by two horned Herefords.

Abe Parker, probably of Baldwin or Sebago, found a remedy that his descendants related: he was bald, so he'd take a garter snake, coil him, place him on his head under his hat. "Keeps you cool all day." (or so he said.)

When haying, the men would drink something called Hay Time Switchl made of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, molasses, ginger, and cold water.

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