Images of a vanishing American icon captured by Ernest J. Schweit
The farm goes industrial
Rusted gears meet rural America in Fox River Grove, Ill.
The industrial revolution forever changed farming. Gone were horse-drawn plows to turn over fields and sleds to haul away stone. Mechanization arrived, driven by steam and gasoline. I was thinking of all that as I saw this image at a farm near Fox River Grove, Ill. Down the road from the barn were a grouping of big blue silos and behind them were these massive gears. Together, they made a nice composition that brought together rural America and industry.