Harvesting potatoes, Presque Isle, ca. 1910

Contributed by David Gallagher through Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library

Harvesting potatoes, Presque Isle, ca. 1910

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A display of typical Aroostook County potato harvesting equipment at about 1910. On the right is a horse-drawn one row Hoover Paddle Digger with paddles on its wheels. The turning of the wheels on the digger powers the digging mechanism. On the left is a drop axle wagon. Drop axle, or crank axle, construction lowered the freight bed, giving the wagon a lower center of gravity than traditional wagons for more efficient use of the horses'’ work. The lower freight bed height made it easier to load. Also seen are potato barrels and potato baskets.

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  • Title: Harvesting potatoes, Presque Isle, ca. 1910
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Town: Presque Isle
  • County: Aroostook
  • State: ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 13 cm x 20 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library
39 Second Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769
(207) 764-2571

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