Flail Thrashing Machine

Threshing, also spelled thrashing, is the process used to separate the chaff, the protective covering around the grain, and the kernel of grain we use for food, from a plant’s stalk. During the nineteenth century, farmers used a variety of methods to remove the chaff and grain from the stalk and to crack open the chaff. Some used flails, others used hand-powered machines such as this, and still others used animal-powered machines. Today, farmers thresh primarily with gasoline-powered machines.  


Author: Sackett & Wilhelms Litho. Co.
Date: 1892
Medium: Print
Bibliographic Information:

Benjamin Butterworth (ed.), Growth of Industrial Art, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1892, 23.

Collections Number: F-218.59