This c1900 horse farming real photo stereo view shows a ground-driven Deering Harvesting Company grain binder (1885-1910) real photo stereo view operated by a farmer with a team of three farm horses. This early method of grain binding in preparation for threshing the wheat from the straw and chaff, predates the use of power machinery made possible by the gas tractor.
William Deering founded the company Deering Harvester Company in the mid 1880s, leading to many bitter battles with its competitors until 1902 when, along with the McCormick Harvesting Company ws merged by J.P. Morgan into the International Harvester Company. The separate McCormick-Deering brand was continued until 1992.
There is no title or label on either side - the photographer- publisher is unknown.
The back and edges of this very old card have some light soiling that does not extend to the photo images - which are very clear. There is paper missing at the extreme bottom of both pictures near the center of the card. This defect is virtually out of the frame of sight as viewed through a stereo viewer - visible only by making a special effort to bring the bottom of the card into view.
A great piece of early American farming history.
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