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Binding wheat near Vulcan, Alberta.The manufacture of agricultural implements in Alberta was a distinctly regional industry that catered to the specific needs of Alberta's local farming communities. Governed by the principle that "necessity is the mother of invention," this industry played an important role in Alberta's agricultural development, despite the presence of both central Canadian and American farm implement dealers.

Threshing outfit at work, n.d.In their efforts to tame the land, ingenious and mechanically minded people invented and adapted tools that would make their life easier and their work more efficient. Many an idea was brought to life as a model or prototype in blacksmith shops and machine sheds scattered across the countryside. The wheels of progress were turning, fuelled by human muscle, horses, steam and gasoline.

Ruth Lysak-Martynkiw. Homegrown: Vignettes About Manufacturing Agricultural Implements in Alberta, 1890 to 1955. n.p.: Friends of Reynolds-Alberta Museum Society and Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism, Historic Sites and Archives Service, 1992.
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Friends of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum



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