Our adventure together continues today in the small town of Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. If you’re just joining us now, our previous posts on this photoblog series can be found at “The Toads Visit Ladysmith“.
Vancouver Island was originally founded upon the mining and logging industries and as folks began to actively settle here, rich farmlands were also discovered creating a burgeoning farming industry, as well. Along with the industrial revolution came the advent of mechanized vehicles to help make folks lives and jobs easier. Today’s photoblog subject is one example of this.
This is a Fordson Tractor, originally designed and used in the agriculture sector for farming. As Mrs. Toad and I entered town on the day we did this shoot, when we came across this artifact it was all I could do to keep us from careening off the road so I could hop out and grab a series of images to share with everyone.
The contrasting colors of the grey body juxtaposed with the bright red wheels presented a subject that was almost too good to be true! Close scrutiny of this fabulous old vehicle from the twenties reveals that the vast majority of the tractor itself is for the drive-train. The radiator, engine and transmission most definitely make up the bulk of this unit. Early mechanized designs tended to focus less on aesthetic appeal, and more on functionality. I find this to be slightly funny, inasmuch as today we find these artifacts and items to be of utmost beauty!
Built to last of heavy-gauge steel, I have no doubt this radiator could still serve it’s purpose if called into action. Heavily used during its active lifetime, this tractor really does look to be in wonderful condition. How many miles have these wheels turned in the fields here on the island? You can’t tell, they look to be in pretty much the same condition they were the day they rolled off the assembly line.
Many of these tractors were modified and used in the logging industry, to pull loads out of the forest once the trees were cut. With the levers, the inviting seat and that incredible steering wheel just shouting at me, it was all I could do to keep myself off this baby and not trying to take it up and down 1st Ave on a cruise. I am sure that would have raised no eyebrows at all.
The carburetor and exhaust manifold are both readily visible in this shot, and the beauty in the simplicity really comes through once again. The gas tank sits just above the engine, and has some wear and weathering adding a ton of character to the tractor. And again, the color combination really adds so much interest here, doesn’t it? I love everything about this old heritage tractor and am thrilled we had a chance to shoot it to share with everyone.
We’re nearing the end of our latest series here, tomorrow’s post will wrap it up. It’s been a lot of fun to share these images and talk about the little town of Ladysmith with everyone, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far together, too.
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