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As tractors replaced horses and oxen in the twentieth-century, the sights and sounds on the farms changed as dramatically as they did in the cities with the invention of the automobile. The new motorized inventions allowed more land to be farmed in less time, resulting in increased production. New sorts of problems arose, however. The farmer needed to learn new skills to be able to repair the engines, just as he had learned to mend earlier farm tools. The steel wheels were bumpy and destroyed paved surfaces, keeping the tractor on dirt roads. Because the tractor could not drive on steeper hills without tipping over, farmers had to stop farming hillside fields.


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photographer   Unidentified
date   c. 1920
location   Unknown
height   2.12"
width   3.12"
process/materials   paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.12.2527

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