c. 1900 Glass plate negative. Two farmers stand together outdoors. The farmer on the left wears a long-sleeve shirt and dark - colored tie under well-worn overalls. The left strap of the overalls is under the man's left arm. He also wears a newsboy cap. Over his right shoulder is a scythe. He holds the handle with his right hand. The farmer on the right wears a long-sleeve, pinstripe shirt with collar stay, wool pants with suspenders and a brimmed hat. He also may be wearing a pocket watch on a chain. Over his left shoulder rests a hay fork which he holds with his left hand. In his right hand, he holds onto a squirming cat that lays against his left side. An orchard is in the background.
c. 1900 Glass plate negative. Two farmers stand together outdoors. The farmer on the left wears a long-sleeve shirt and dark – colored tie under well-worn overalls. The left strap of the overalls is under the man’s left arm. He also wears a newsboy cap. Over his right shoulder is a scythe. He holds the handle with his right hand. The farmer on the right wears a long-sleeve, pinstripe shirt with collar stay, wool pants with suspenders and a brimmed hat. He also may be wearing a pocket watch on a chain. Over his left shoulder rests a hay fork which he holds with his left hand. In his right hand, he holds onto a squirming cat that lays against his left side. An orchard is in the background.

 

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

by Josh and Brent

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