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photoblog image They don't thresh sheep

They don't thresh sheep

Only people who have seen Dad's Army will understand the title 

They don't thresh sheep

Only people who have seen Dad's Army will understand the title 

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Fine machine...
Bill Phillips: and it probably still works Larry
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 30 Aug 2018, 04:23
Great leading lines...love the antique colors..many shapes and textures...this has it all!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Bonnie, it is a fine old piece of equipment
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Aug 2018, 05:57
Hahah! I can just picture Corporal Jones falling into the machine. Such wonderful equipment; couple this up to the big flywheel on a traction engine and away we go. There was one of these for sale at the Great Dorset Steam Fair last week; no price tag, though.
Bill Phillips: My favourite Dad's army episode
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 30 Aug 2018, 06:16
It’s a hefty beast Bill.
Bill Phillips: Oh arr it certainly is
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Aug 2018, 06:16
Is this Chris' new wheels, Bill?
Bill Phillips: Better than a Lada
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 30 Aug 2018, 06:31
Maybe one day some kind enthusiast will restore this enormous thing
Bill Phillips: I wouldn't be surprised
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Aug 2018, 07:44
What a big machine, it looks dangerous if you would fall in! Our English teacher always said "Dont' panic!"
Bill Phillips: Which, funnily enough, is what Corporal Jones in Dad's army often says
Like things of that period basic in design but they done the job that was required of them.
Bill Phillips: Very true Brian
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : where the sun rises first in England
  • 30 Aug 2018, 12:15
Have you seen the size of contemporary combine harvesters … Suffolk has more than it's fair share of them ..
Bill Phillips: One would harvest most of Suffolk in a couple of days
Past its best, I imagine!
Bill Phillips: But it probably still works
i don't understand the title Bill... but i agree with it...
good find of the old thrasher....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Dad's Army was a very popular TV series. Set during the war it featured the home guard. In one episode they were helping to gather the harvest. confronted with the threshing machine on of them suggested that they ask a private called sponge as he was a farmer. Then someone else pointed out that he was a sheep farmer and you don't thresh sheep.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Aug 2018, 18:16
A very photogenic piece of engineering
Bill Phillips: I love stuff like this but I am glad I never had to use it!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 30 Aug 2018, 19:24
a fine image

i'm guessing you've been reflecting on memories of your father
Bill Phillips: Hahaha. My dad was in the RAF in Burma during the war. Dad's Army was a very popular TV programme here .I don't know if you will be able to see this you tube of the programme. The quality is very poor but the bit about threshing sheep is at about 19minutes
https://youtu.be/hpA1SHHf8FQ
What a contraption, I can remember The tree nursery I worked on 50 + years ago was still using one of these to thresh the rye straw they grew and used for packing trees and shrubs to send out by Road/Rail.
The packages were like massive cigars, tied at frequent intervals with sisal cord. It was quite a skilled job, the resulting package then had to be weighed before it was collected for transportation. The photo re awakened all these near forgotten memories.
Bill Phillips: I bet health and safety would have a fit if you used something like this today

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