Man and tall grain stooks on the Prairies, about 1910
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1910, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
Keywords: farming (278) , Industry (942) , Machine (63) , Photograph (77678)
not every one went to go fight some men stayed back to help by preduicing food for the army and support his family by staying with them.
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Keys to History
In the first stage of harvesting, the grain was cut by a binder, which bound it into these tall stooks. Once dried, the stooks were ready for the threshing machine. The growing season on the Prairies was short, so new varieties of wheat and other grains had to be developed that would ripen before the first frost in late summer or fall. One of the most famous of these was Marquis, which was introduced in 1907. Marquis wheat, developed partly from wheat that came from the Ukraine, was so important to the Prairies that both a Canadian stamp and a coin were dedicated to its memory.
These are stooks of grain. "Stook" is an old English word meaning pile or bundle.
The stooks are in a wheat field somewhere on the Prairies. It could be one of thousands of similar fields in the Prairie provinces.
Scenes like this were common in the region between 1880 and World War II.
The man in the picture looks proud of his work; he is probably the farmer.