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Memories of Life on the Farm: Through the Lens of Pioneer Photographer J. C. Allen - Founders Series (Hardback)
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Memories of Life on the Farm: Through the Lens of Pioneer Photographer J. C. Allen - Founders Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 30/09/2019
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John Calvin Allen, professionally known as J. C., worked as aphotographer for Purdue University from 1909-1952, and operated his own photography business until his death in 1996. The J. C. Allen photographs represent a historical account of the transition from pioneer practices to scientific methodologies in agriculture and rural communities. During this major transitional period for agriculture, tractors replaced horses, hybrid corn supplanted open-pollinated corn, and soybeans changed from a novelty crop to regular rotation on most farms. During this time, pure bred animals with better genetic pedigrees replaced run-of-the-mill livestock, and systematic disease prevention in cattle, swine, and poultry took place.

Allen'sphotographs also document clothing styles, home furnishings, and the items people thought important as they went about their daily lives. Looking closely at tractors, livestock, wagons, planters, sprayers, harvesting equipment, and crops gives one a sense of the changing and fast-paced world of agriculture at that time.

This volume contains over 900 picturesque images, most never-before-seen, of men, women, and children working on the farm, which remain powerful reminders of life in rural America at theturn of the twentieth century. As old farmhouses and barns fall victim to age, Allen photographs are all that remain. While those people and times no longer exist today, they do remain ""alive"" because of the preservation of that history on film. A camera in his hands and an eye for photography allowed Allen to create indelible visual histories that continue to tell the story of agriculture and rural life from long ago.

Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557538666
Number of pages: 408
Dimensions: 229 x 305 mm

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