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John Calvin Allen, professionally known as J. C., worked as a photographer for Purdue University from 1909-1952, and operated his own photography business until his death in 1976. The J. C. Allen photographs represent a historical account of the transition from pioneer practices to scientific methodologies in agriculture and rural communities. During this major transitional period for agriculture, tractors replaced horses, hybrid corn supplanted open-pollinated corn, and soybeans changed from a novelty crop to regular rotation on most farms. During this time, purebred animals with better genetic pedigrees replaced run-of-the-mill livestock, and systematic disease prevention in cattle, swine, and poultry took place.

Allen's photographs also document clothing styles, home furnishings, and the items people thought important as they went about their daily lives. Looking closely at tractors, livestock, wagons, planters, sprayers, harvesting equipment, and crops gives one a sense of the changing and fast-paced world of agriculture at that time.

This volume contains over 900 picturesque images, most never-before-seen, of men, women, and children working on the farm, which remain powerful reminders of life in rural America at the turn of the twentieth century. As old farmhouses and barns fall victim to age, Allen photographs are all that remain. While those people and times no longer exist today, they do remain "alive" because of the preservation of that history on film. A camera in his hands and an eye for photography allowed Allen to create indelible visual histories that continue to tell the story of agriculture and rural life from long ago.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
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  1. The Early Life of John C. Allen
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  1. The Photographer Emerges
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. Crafting a Business One Photograph at a Time
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. A Lasting Legacy
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Part 1: Life on the Farm
  1. The Farm Homestead
  2. pp. 35-41
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  1. Fueling the Farm
  2. pp. 42-45
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  1. Chores around the Home
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. We Grow What We Eat
  2. pp. 48-57
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  1. Farm Fresh Products for Sale
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Going to Town
  2. pp. 60-65
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  1. Connecting to the Outside World
  2. pp. 66-69
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  1. The Three Rs
  2. pp. 70-75
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  1. Time for Fun
  2. pp. 76-81
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  1. The Beauty of Children
  2. pp. 82-97
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  1. Proud to Be a Farmer
  2. pp. 98-101
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  1. The Farmer's Workshop
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. A Drive through the Countryside
  2. pp. 104-107
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  1. Roads More or Less Traveled
  2. pp. 108-111
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  1. Barns and Silos of the Midwest
  2. pp. 112-119
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  1. Barns without Corners
  2. pp. 120-123
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  1. Swinging on the Pasture Gate
  2. pp. 124-128
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  1. Part 2: Working the Ground
  1. Clearing Land and Managing Water
  2. pp. 130-133
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  1. Horsepower to Work the Soil
  2. pp. 134-145
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  1. Conserving Soil
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  1. Sweetening a Sour Soil
  2. pp. 150-155
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  1. Adding Nutrients to Depleted Soils
  2. pp. 156-159
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  1. Corn on the Cob
  2. pp. 160-191
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  1. Amber Waves of Grain
  2. pp. 192-201
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  1. The Miracle Soybean
  2. pp. 202-207
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  1. An Apple a Day
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. A Juicy Peach
  2. pp. 214-215
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  1. Digging Up Spuds for the Winter
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  1. Red Ripe Tomatoes
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  1. Growing Diverse Crops for Market
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  1. A Fine Tobaccy Crop
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  1. The Southern Cotton Boll
  2. pp. 236-239
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  1. Feed for Farm Animals
  2. pp. 240-254
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  1. Part 3: The Livestock Connection
  1. The Forgotten Milk Stool
  2. pp. 255-275
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  1. A Country Ham
  2. pp. 276-295
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  1. Farm Fresh Eggs
  2. pp. 296-315
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  1. Wool and Ewe
  2. pp. 316-327
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  1. A Side of Beef
  2. pp. 328-338
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  1. Part 4: The Purdue University Influence
  1. Class Is in Session
  2. pp. 339-343
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  1. Research to Improve Farm Productivity
  2. pp. 344-351
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  1. Education through Outreach
  2. pp. 352-365
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  1. Building Character through Clubs and Contests
  2. pp. 366-380
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 381-382
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  1. Source
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 384-398
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