Clues in a 1900s Mystery Photo of the Old Family FarmPosted by MaureenThanksgiving is right around the corner. Planning a menu for that important family meal makes me think about how all that food ended up on my grandmother’s table. There are no farmers in my family history, so I love to see reader’s photos of rural life. Darlene Sampley has this lovely picture of an unidentified farm family. Dad sits on horse-drawn sickle mower, pointing at something.[Thank you to reader Jim TeVogt for identifying the mower.] He’s in the front yard with a team of horses. The barns—it looks like there are two—are in front of him. Anyone recognize the farm equipment? A Google Image search for farming equipment 1900 (about when the photo was taken—see below) turned up plows with similar wide metal wheels. The house has three chimneys. The attached building on the left could be the kitchen.