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This amazing piece of American ingenuity was pulled by horses in either of two different directions.  It could be pulled "sideways" on the wheels that can be seen at the left side of the photo.  Once in the field, the tongue and horses would be

Horse Drawn International Harvester Reaper

moved to the front of the machine and the wheels would be rotated up.  The reaper then sat on a large gear wheel and a smaller wheel at the right of the reaper.  As long as the gear wheel turned, everything else worked.
This reaper could harvest wheat, corn and grain.  After cutting the stalks and sending them to the back of the reaper through a series of conveyor belts, the reaper would automatically tie twine so the harvested product would be dumped onto the ground in tied bundles.

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