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Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo, N.D.
Pazandak: Farming the Land
F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collection.
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The F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collection includes 119 images taken by him in the early twentieth century on the family farm near Fullerton, in southeastern North Dakota. F.A. Pazandak, a North Dakota farmer, developed an early interest in photography, a fortunate development for us today. He not only participated in the transition from horses to steam engines to gas tractors, but recorded that transition through the eye of his camera, thus capturing forever an important part of American agricultural history. Although the subject content is narrow, it is the concentration of closely related images in a relatively short time span which makes it such an interesting collection. Subject strengths include plowing, disking, seeding, binding grain, threshing, and the machinery used for these operations—steam engines and tractors. There are also images of the agricultural laborers who worked the fields, and several social scenes of the family. Even the Sears, Roebuck and Company prefabricated house Pazandak built for his new bride is documented. Through this collection you will witness the mechanization of American farming in the early twentieth century.

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line Special Presentations
Steam Engines and Tractors | Hired Hands | Golden Age of Agriculture
Understanding the Collection

F. A. Pazandak Biography

Farm Machinery Companies

North Dakota Historical Overview

Implements Used on the Farm

Selected Bibliography

Working with the Collection

How to Order Photographic Reproductions

About the Collection and Cataloging Information

Copyright and Other Restrictions


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