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Man cutting corn with a scythe - harvesting by hand. Picture shows Fred Goldup, aged 72

Man cutting corn with a scythe - harvesting by hand. Picture shows Fred Goldup, aged 72


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Man cutting corn with a scythe - harvesting by hand. Picture shows Fred Goldup, aged 72

Man cutting corn with a scythe - harvesting by hand. Picture shows Fred Goldup, aged 72, working on a farm near Shoreham, Kent, making way with his home made bender and scythe for the reaper to make a start on this field of wheat.
5th August 1947

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Media ID 10986533

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1940s Agriculture English Rural Life Farmer Farming Harvest Industry Nineteen Forties Scythe Wheat Worker Bender


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In this print, we are transported back to the English countryside in 1947. The image showcases a remarkable man named Fred Goldup, aged 72, diligently cutting corn with a scythe. This snapshot of rural life captures the essence of hard work and dedication that defined the agricultural industry during this era. Fred's weathered face tells a story of years spent toiling on the land, his hands expertly maneuvering the homemade bender and scythe. With each swing of his tool, he paves the way for progress as he prepares a field of wheat for harvesting. The photograph offers us a glimpse into an era when manual labor was at its peak in farming communities across England. It serves as a testament to both Fred's resilience and the importance placed on self-sufficiency during these times. As we admire this poignant scene frozen in time, it becomes evident that agriculture is not merely an industry but rather a way of life - one that requires unwavering commitment from individuals like Fred Goldup. His presence in this photo reminds us of the countless unsung heroes who dedicated their lives to feeding our nation. This powerful image encapsulates not only an important moment in history but also represents the enduring spirit of farmers who have shaped our landscapes through their tireless efforts.

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