05/19/14 4:00pm
Cutchogue farmer Hallock Tuthill binding wheat in a circa-1940 photograph. (Credit: Louisa Hargrave, courtesy)

Cutchogue farmer Hallock Tuthill binding wheat in a circa-1940 photograph. (Credit: Louisa Hargrave, courtesy)

Hanging in my kitchen is a photo taken in 1940 showing my former North Fork neighbor Hallock Tuthill binding wheat on a rig driven by three massive farm horses. I love this image. Here is real horsepower. Can you imagine mowing your lawn with a three-horsepower tractor? Yet these animals got the job done. And the rig must have been a marvel of innovation at the time it was invented, if not in 1940.  (more…)