““A lonely trumpet at night spells out the mood of a combine team that finds itself for the moment between jobs,” read the original caption on this 1953 photo by the @nytimes photographer George Tames. That year was a prosperous one for American farmers who harvested wheat. But the headlines struck a note of grave concern. There was simply too much wheat. Farmers were producing crops at near record levels. George traveled to #Colby, Kansas — a town that once called itself “The Golden Buckle on the Wheat Belt” — to document the wheat surplus. In place of heaping excess, he found solitude and empty spaces. This #nytweekender, we’re sharing photos of life in America’s breadbasket from our #archives, known as “the morgue.”” By nytimes on Instagram.
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