Tractors in America …. A Few Vintage Examples

Although I didn’t grow up on a farm, many aspects of an agricultural life continue to intrigue my interest. Tangible examples of our country’s history can be found via the equipment used to till those fields. I’m thinking about tractors. Included here are some examples. The first eight photos are all John Deere Model B tractors, popular in the 1930s and early 40s for this Moline, Illinois-based company. Those eight are owned by a Bell County friend who plans to restore them once he retires. He’s a mechanic by trade so the task, while daunting, will come naturally for him. His are all John Deere models. The company was founded by John Deere in 1836, when he invented a plow that could till the hard midwest prairie soil with ease. The three images after those first eight were taken in Georgetown, at Miller’s Mechanical Mart, which recently closed after many years. Those accompanied a story in the Williamson County Sun. Among those three are two examples of Oliver tractors, a brand dating to 1853 as the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, founded by James Oliver. The Minnesota was part of a popular 20th Century company, Minnesota-Moline, based in Minneapolis. The last photo, a Farmall tractor engulfed in weedy growth, was made yesterday at the site of one of Bartlett’s now-closed cotton gins. Farmall was part of the International Harvester company. All this is probably too much information, but it’s an interesting subject to yours truly!

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