By the mid-nineteenth century, farmers no longer had to reap entirely by hand. Machines made the work of harvesting go more quickly. This Self Raker Harvester was patented in 1855, to help farmers bring in their harvest.
Reaper – Patented 1855
Author: Sackett & Wilhelms Litho Co.
Benjamin Butterworth (ed.), The Growth of Industrial Art, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1892, 15.
Collections Number: F-218.59