In the old days of farming, farm equipment was often left where it died. But this farmer decided to bury his old C JACKSON MAYO ten feet under bog mud.
Now, a 56- years old tractor that was buried in a bog for 10 years has not only been rediscovered and dug up, it’s expected to be in full working order soon.
The old gent says it was buried for about 10 years. A hole was dug and the tractor was placed in it upside down, then it was covered back up completely.
“I did not think much about it again until last year,” said Mr. Jackson, who added that after a dry spell, the man who had buried the tractor dug around in the area and found the tractor after it had been 10 years underground.
Living in the rural Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, I have the opportunity to find a lot of old, vintage tractors still at work in the fields or stored in barns around the area.
I’ve come to know of a lot of old tractors around these parts. Some are restored beauties brought out by the local antique tractor clubs and showed off at country fairs while others are simply old family heirlooms that just won’t die and are still hard at work in the fields each summer.
Photographs of old tractors make a handsome nostalgia statement as wall art. At home in an old farm house, country estate, a restaurant with a homey, back to basics, farm to table concept or even in a office as a look back the fine machinery of yesteryear.
Tips for decorating with old tractors for a retro country decor
Decorating your home with farm and tractor decor can provide a sense of peace and coziness that other styles can’t deliver. Rustic tractor and farm designs are perfect for a country kitchen, busy farmhouse or noisy chicken coop – to decorate your favorite room in country style.
Display in groups of three. Odd numbers of items look more appealing and displaying three old tractor photographs will have more impact than a single tractor image.
Go big for a modern look. A wall of smaller items has an old fashioned look, for a modern contemporary style using retro photographs of old tractors, go big with a single large canvas print. Canvas prints are lightweight and can easily be hung and moved if needed.
Rustic farm equipment and photographs of old tractors make a fine way to create a masculine rustic effect in your decor. Hardworking, sweaty, manly farmers and the work horses of the farm – the tractor are as masculine as it gets. Large canvas prints of old tractors would give a large space a modern yet retro masculine look while a more traditional approach is to group a lot of framed images on a single gallery wall.
A short movie with scenes from my travels around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
New Hampshire and Vermont’s Upper Valley is surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and consists of many small, wonderful towns and cities. Home to DHMC and Dartmouth College, the ninth oldest college in the country and proudly serving the Ivy League community, Hanover New Hampshire offers the hustle and bustle of an upscale-casual city with a small town feel.
The region along the Connecticut river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.
To buy prints, framed artwork, canvas prints, metal, prints as well as products such as tote bags, cell phone cases, throw pillows and more with photographs from the Upper Valley, visit: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/
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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. — Edward M. Fielding
Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.
My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.
Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.
In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.
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A collection of farm, rural, country living images from artist and photographer Edward M. Fielding. Photographs and artwork taken and inspired by New England farm scenery around the Vermont and New Hampshire area known as the Upper Valley. See the entire collection here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/farm+life
The Farm Life Collection
The Farm Life Collection includes over 250 images dealing with rural and country scenes of farm animals, barns and agricultural landscapes.
“After The Storm Passes” framed print by Edward Fielding. Customize your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days. Storm photographs and artwork – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/storm
Vintage Tractor Gallery – a portfolio of over 100 vintage tractor photographs and artwork
Barns, Farms, Fresh Country Air
From Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont to the backroads of Orford, NH, to walking the dog in Etna, NH, the Farm Life collection captures scenes from old family farms that still work the soil, milk the cows, tap the trees and produce fresh food for local tables.
A selection of ten great old vintage tractor photographs and artwork from the portfolio of Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
Tractor artwork for fans of old farm equipment and great country decor. The tractor artwork is available as canvas prints, metal, framed and matted artwork and more!
This old red tractor can be found on display at the Quechee Village in just outside of Woodstock, Vermont.
Early morning fog over a great older John Deere, green and yellow tractor in Etna, New Hampshire. Many of these classic old tractors are still in use after so many years of service.
A collection of old retired tractors line up outside a farm in the Keene, New Hampshire area.
This old tractor comes to visit a meadow near my home twice a summer to cut the hay. Who knows how long this old work horse has been in service. These machines sit outside in the weather half the time but they seem to live forever.
So, out back lie iron hunks of metal
That once was the heart of the farm.
Tractors and old trucks in their former glory
Just waiting to be restored and remind us of their story.
Part of a poem by Cindy Ladage –
Amazing detail on this old tractor and the rustic barn its housed in when not in use haying fields in the Lyme, New Hampshire area.
A cute old vintage Ford tractor still in use on a hay field in Etna, New Hampshire. Love the blue and white color scheme and the rounded art deco styling.
A collection of old vintage tractors on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Acrylic painting effect from an original photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
Antique tractors can indeed still perform on a modern day farm, but different tractors may be needed for different farming purposes. Before buyers run out and purchase an antique tractor, there are a few things that they should consider and a few questions that they may need to ask themselves first.
There are four basic tractor front-end types that are built for various farming needs.The tricycle front end tractor is mainly dubbed as a row-crop tractor because it is narrow and works well between rows of crop. It is generally used for cultivating. The name of the tractor describes its physical characteristics as it is designed with two spaced back wheels and one front wheel. Some tricycle tractors actually have two front wheels, but they are situated so close together that the tractor still has a tricycle-like appearance.
Farmall was a model name and later a brand name for tractors manufactured by the American company International Harvester (IH). The Farmall name was usually presented as McCormick-Deering Farmall and later McCormick Farmall in the evolving brand architecture of IH.
Farmalls were general-purpose tractors. Their origins were as row-crop tractors, a category that they helped establish and in which they long held a large market share. During the decades of Farmall production (1920s to 1970s), most Farmalls were built for row-crop work, but many orchard, fairway, and other variants were also built. Most Farmalls were all-purpose tractors that were affordable for small to medium-sized family farms and could do enough of the tasks needed on the farm that the need for hired hands was reduced and the need for horses or mules was eliminated. Thus Farmall was a prominent brand in the 20th-century trend toward the mechanization of agriculture in the US.
An old John Deere tractor outside a historic old barn in downtown, metropolis, Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover, home to Dartmouth College.
Close up of an great old tractor showing years of service and work.
Tractor photography season is here, at least that’s how I see it. I live in a rural area of New Hampshire near the Vermont boarder and one thing we have plenty of is tractors and nice old vintage tractors. These are not museum pieces although we have those also on display at the Tunbridge World’s Fair and the Cornish County Fair and other places around the area. Clubs dedicated to restoring and preserving old tractors.
But beyond the museum pieces we have a lot of great old farm equipment in use in the hay fields and pastures around the region. Beautiful old beasts, some in great shape, others coaxed into working condition with a squirt of oil and a kick to the carburetor.
I’ve come to know several of these great old farm machines as they move around the neighborhood plowing this field one week and another the next week. Some of the old Ford machines have nice rounded bonnets that remind me of art deco styling in their blue and white two tone paint jobs. The John Deere’s sport their famous green and yellow colors while the MF’s wear a coat of red paint. No to be confused by the really one machines covered in rust.
Newer machines seem to be eye popping orange or bright red or that green/yellow combination. One thing you can tell by looking in the yard of a local farmer is the brand loyality. These beasts of the fields seem to last forever and if they ever are retired usually they are added to the line up in the back 40 or out by the utility barn. Maybe they’ll be scavenged for parts or be restored at some later date if there is any time left after a busy day working the farm but one thing seems for certain, its tough to get a loyal customer to switch brands, at least by the look of things.
Since I live in a rural area of New Hampshire, close to Vermont, tractors are common subject for me to find and photograph. Is there a right way and a wrong way to photograph tractors? Of course not. Like anything related to creative arts, its up to the artist to choose how they want to portray the subject of tractors.
Examples of Tractor Photographs
Here are some examples from my portfolio of vintage tractors available for purchase as prints, framed and mated art, canvas prints, acrylic prints and more via – edward-fielding.pixels.com
This square cropped shot of a tractor in a field gives just enough information about the scene to understand its in a field at the edge of a forest.
This old photograph of the old retired tractor in the shed takes a traditional Ansel Adams type approach with long dynamic range and deep depth of field. While not f64 view camera type of depth of field, this shot was taken on a very sturdy tripod with a very small aperture to capture all of the detail of the scene in crisp resolution. The viewer is left to admire the fine details and all of the beautiful texture and junk around the scene. The subject is place dead center allowing the view to gaze into the middle of the symmetrical drivers seat and wheel of the tractor.
In contrast to the previous tractor photograph, this one uses a shallow depth of field to blur out the busy background. Notice too that main focal point, the weather and rusty grill on the tractor is composed off center to add interest.
This sunset photograph of an old John Deere tractor in a hay field uses a wide angle lens to distort the large tire nearest to the lens and add depth to the scene with the dairy barn in the background.
A foggy morning and soft muted colors set the mood in this tractor photograph taken in Lyme, New Hampshire.
Here is how I answered the following question recently:
Q. Approximately, how many artworks (originals and prints) sell on sites like Saatchiart.com and Fineartamerica.com per month?
The only number important to you and your work is how many pieces can you expect to sell per month. Unfortunately there are important variables which determine this including:
1. Quality of your work
2. Suitability of your work to the market attracted to the site
3. Number of works offered
4. Diversity of works offered.
5. How well you have sold on the site in the past.
6. How much marketing you do.
7. Your name recognition.
8. The size of your target market.
9. The appropriateness of your pricing.
10. Your Google ranking.
11. How long you’ve been working on marketing.
12. The volume of new pieces uploaded.
Results vary for each individual artist. Every artist is different and markets their work differently.
True right? I mean for myself, after four years of marketing and building up a portfolio of 4,000 quality, diverse images on Fine Art America, I typically sell a work every few days or even every day during the Christmas season but it varies greatly. Some artists on the site have never sold after being on the site for years. Others sell 10 or more artworks a day. Most only offer their work and don’t put in the time and effort it takes to market their work so they don’t sell. Others don’t market much but seem to sell easily. It all depends on the work, the market for that work and the promotional efforts of the sellers.
Art stimulates conversation, dialogue and interchange even between total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other. It gives people permission to share thoughts, feelings, ideas and impressions that they might not ordinarily share. Art personalizes and humanizes the places where we live and work. Art revives lifeless interiors– homes as well as businesses– and transforms them into unique, beautiful and engaging environments.
A collection of artwork curated for the country home. Tractors, barns, scenes from an honest, simpler lifestyle.
The collection includes over 200 photographs and artwork from the New England area including Vermont and New Hampshire, rural, country scenes of a life that is disappearing and unknown to many today. Fresh eggs, maple syrup, homemade pies and the scent of fresh cut hay and the sounds of dairy cows walking up to the old barn. www.edwardfielding.com
Enjoy the images and poetry:
There once was a man from up Nord
Who invariably could be found on a Ford.
No Allis, no Deering, no Farmalls or Cases
And the Green ones he truely abhorred.
When he wasn’t fixing he was at YT mixing
with all of the great folks on the boards.
There once was a farmer named rand.
He bought a tractor one day second hand.
He started to curse when it hung in reverse.
And unplowed an acre of land.
The tractor stands frozen – an agony
To think of. All night
Snow packed its open entrails. Now a head-pincering gale,
A spill of molten ice, smoking snow,
Pours into its steel.
At white heat of numbness it stands
In the aimed hosing of ground-level fieriness.
It defied flesh and won’t start.
Hands are like wounds already
Inside armour gloves, and feet are unbelievable
As if the toe-nails were all just torn off.
I stare at it in hatred. Beyond it
The copse hisses – capitulates miserably
In the fleeing, failing light. Starlings,
A dirtier sleetier snow, blow smokily, unendingly, over
Towards plantations Eastward.
All the time the tractor is sinking
Through the degrees, deepening
Into its hell of ice.
The starting lever
Cracks its action, like a snapping knuckle.
The battery is alive – but like a lamb
Trying to nudge its solid-frozen mother –
While the seat claims my buttock-bones, bites
With the space-cold of earth, which it has joined
In one solid lump.
I squirt commercial sure-fire
Down the black throat – it just coughs.
It ridicules me – a trap of iron stupidity
I’ve stepped into. I drive the battery
As if I were hammering and hammering
The frozen arrangement to pieces with a hammer
And it jabbers laughing pain-crying mockingly
Into happy life.
Shuddering itself full of heat, seeming to enlarge slowly
Like a demon demonstrating
A more-than-usually-complete materialization –
Suddenly it jerks from its solidarity
With the concrete, and lurches towards a stanchion
Bursting with superhuman well-being and abandon
Shouting Where Where?
Worse iron is waiting. Power-lift kneels
Levers awake imprisoned deadweight,
Shackle-pins bedded in cast-iron cow-shit.
The blind and vibrating condemned obedience
Of iron to the cruelty of iron,
Wheels screeched out of their night-locks –
Among the tormented
Tonnage and burning of iron
Weeping in the wind of chloroform
And the tractor, streaming with sweat,
Raging and trembling and rejoicing.
“I bought an old tractor all dusty and worn
Knew nothing about her just the year she was born
I washed her and greased her and painted her red
Now she lives happily right here in my shed.”
This old tractor comes to visit a hay meadow near my home twice a summer to cut the hay. Who knows how long this old work horse has been in service. These machines sit outside in the weather half the time but they seem to live forever.
So, out back lie iron hunks of metal
That once was the heart of the farm.
Tractors and old trucks in their former glory
Just waiting to be restored and remind us of their story.
Part of a poem by Cindy Ladage – http://www.cowboypoetry.com/cindyladage.htm
Artwork for the farming themed home or a reminder of the simpler life for city folk:
I have a couple of galleries that feature farming, country and rural life including farm scenes, vintage tractors, cow, traditional family industry like maple syrup production, horses, white clapboard churches of New England, bright red barns and a general simpler way of life away from the hustle and bustle and noise of city life.
The Vintage Tractors collection features many popular photographs of old workhorse tractors, many of them still in service, spotted not only at antique tractor club shows at the local county fairs but in my neighbor’s fields being put to use cutting, drying and baling hay.
I love to find old tractors peeking out of old barns like the shot of above. The drivers behind me of course think I’m nuts when I suddenly switch on the blinkers and pull off into a dusty dirt shoulder, if not a ditch.
Or I’ll find an old beauty like this that has been left out to face the elements to slowly rot away with time.
Besides old vintage tractor photographs, I collect scenes of the country rural life here in Vermont and New Hampshire. I have the privilege of living in an area that seems to be about 50 or 100 years older than more dense areas where farm land and country homes have been gobbled up by urban sprawl.