Jumping hay at the Nicol farm in Hammond

“Jumping” hay with a jump press, which made hay bales by compressing hay using human power. Horses are hitched in background to a sweep-power which compressed the bales further.  On right there is a “Stillyard scale,” used to weigh the compressed hay bales. At the time, this was the only way to bale hay for shipment. Beehives in background. Fred Nicol farm on Route 37 in South Hammond, NY. Circa 1890s.

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