She: I told you not to come this way! He: Yes dear!!!

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An interesting photo from the Clonbrock Collection this morning. A steam traction/threshing machine bogged down on some soft soil in a narrow laneway. That would have been a right nuisance and difficult to move with no modern tractors or lifting gear to assist. The lady standing there, arms akimbo, is surely thinking those words all men dread to hear "I told you so!"

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Circa1860 - 1930

NLI Ref: CLON1655

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    • 04/Aug/2022 07:23:57

    Looks similar to the stone crushing machine we encountered previously -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Aug/2022 09:17:32

    Is that the Baron, Luke Dillon at left? If so, date is 1900+ish rather than 1860...

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    • 04/Aug/2022 11:33:59

    makes my mind wander and think of a Kate Bush and Donald Sutherland shooting the "Cloud Busting" video ... showing my age...

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    • 04/Aug/2022 12:20:41

    interestingly, there is a man at the front of the engine/carriage wearing a top hat, almost like a showman/ ringmaster ?

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    john durrant

    • 04/Aug/2022 12:34:53

    I have fond memories of traction engines towing threshing machines into the fields and working all dy non stop at grandmas in the late 1940s. Life was more fun then.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 04/Aug/2022 13:30:40

    I've always loved the word akimbo, but have never really looked it up. A few dictionaries I checked, including Oxford, say it comes from Middle English kenebowe. However, I like the stuff I'm seeing online about akimbo coming from the Japanese word for a Samurai who wielded two swords, one in each hand – probably total tosh, but a good story nonetheless. I bet our woman above wishes she has two swords to cut a swathe through all the mens!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Aug/2022 05:20:06[email protected]/ The angle suggests top hat man is on horseback. The walkers are wearing hats and carrying sticks. I think they were out doing some outdoor activity, and just came across the stranded machine. We have seen them otter hunting before, I think

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Aug/2022 08:11:48

    I was thinking of this shot in Waterford, not Clonbrock: May 14, 1901

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Aug/2022 08:16:47

    I also don't see any images of riders with an otter hunt, seems to have been done on foot.

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    • 05/Aug/2022 08:18:49

    ah yes I remember this photo, I commented on it. Thanks Niall, yes I agree that the photo has workers and the watchers