Tickling the Earthwith a stick for a plow


Tickling the Earthwith a stick for a plow



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The Manchurian plow consists of a sharp crooked stick, firmly clamped or tied to a beam drawn by a pair of donkeys or oxen. The plowman guides the plow by a single handle and his work is of the most fatiguing kind. He cannot also guide the team, so that a boy is employed in leading the animals. The same kind of primitive plow is seen today in Egypt and in India, and pictures of it were found in the pyramids of Egypt, proving that the so-called semi-civilized nations of this earth have made absolutely no progress in 4,000 years. America has inaugurated the era of tilling the field by machinery. Slowly but surely the Yankee inventions will find their way to Egypt and to Manchuria, and it is certain that the arrival of the steam-plow and the modern harvester will work a revolution of the economic conditions of the countries. What will they be after a hundred years?


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “Tickling the Earthwith a stick for a plow,” Monash Collections Online, accessed May 30, 2024, https://repository.erc.monash.edu/items/show/14057.

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