Profit in Potato-Digging

Undated. I'm guessing it's late 19th Century. From

A small well-produced agricultural sales brochure for the Acme Potato Digging Attachment of the Potato Implement Co. of Traverse Mich.

Maybe I should give up this blogging gig and start digging potatoes!

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 01, 2021
     Category: Self-help Schemes | Books | Vegetables | Nineteenth Century

I wonder about the date. In Episode #1.11 of "Edwardian Farm" (2010–2011), they show potato diggers that were used from the turn of the century (19th to 20th). One was called a "lifting plow," basically a slotted wedge which lifted the potatoes while the dirt fell back through the slots. The other was . . . imagine two ceiling fans, mounted vertically, with a meat hook at the end of each blade, spinning way faster than could possibly be safe, ripping up the dirt and flinging potatoes in all directions. Both of these were pulled by horses.

The series shows an historian and two archaeologists living on the farm for a year using only the tools, techniques, and materials available in that era.

Even with the horse-drawn equipment, they had to enlist a horde of young boys from the school to pick up the exposed potatoes.

The amount of work to dig potatoes by hand had to be enormous.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/01/21 at 02:44 PM
In parts of Maine, there’s a school recess for the potato harvest.
Posted by ges on 04/01/21 at 04:51 PM
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