Ed Linnell on Steam Tractor
Ed Linnell stands on a steam tractor. Steam drives the piston, just behind the smokestack which runs the flywheel, on opposite side, which spun a long belt to operate implements such as a threshing machine. The tractor faces to left, Ed stands with his hand on the steering wheel, facing viewer. The two long chains to the front wheels were used to change direction of the wheels.
This image is part of a collection of over 6,000 glass plate negatives created by Charles J. Van Schaick. Van Schaick learned the art of photography after moving to Jackson County, Wisconsin. In 1885, he opened a studio in Black River Falls, Wisconsin and served as the town photographer for over 50 years. His work includes both studio portraits and richly varied and intimate snapshots of small-town, Wisconsin life. A portion of his photographic work is represented in Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy.
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