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Date: 1931 

Description: Reverse side of the International Harvester reaper centennial medallion (or coin) showing the reaper in use, and the words "Centennial of the Reaper, 1891-...

Date: 1897 

Description: Official copy of Cyrus McCormick's 1834 reaper patent. This copy was made by the Patent Office at the request of the McCormick family.

Date: 1941-07-31 ca.

Description: People gathered around a Farmall Regular tractor on the farm of Clarence L. Dauberman. Original caption reads: "Sydney G. McAllister, chairman, executive c...

Date: 1931 

Description: Front side of a coin made for International Harvester to celebrate the "Reaper Centennial." The event commemorated the one hundred year anniversary of the...


Graph Invention

Date: 1863 ca.

Description: A sketch of a graph-making invention.

Date: 1931 

Description: Back side of a coin made for International Harvester to celebrate the "Reaper Centennial." The event commemorated the one hundred year anniversary of the t...

Date: 1926 ca.

Description: Dr. Stephen Babcock with an electric centrifuge butterfat tester.

Date: 1941-07-31 ca.

Description: Earl C. Smith, president of the Illinois Agricultural Association, speaks into a microphone at an event to honor Mr. Clarence Dauberman for creating the fi...

Date: 1863 ca.

Description: A sketch of pulleys on crankshafts.

Date: 1933 

Description: Three-quarter right front side view of a friction-drive tractor by the Ohio Manufacturing Company.

Date: 1913-02-17 

Description: Portrait of Thomas Alva Edison in his lab where he worked on his "talking moving machine."

Date: 1927 ca.

Description: Front view of "Speck's cotton picker," taken for International Harvester's Engineering Department.

Date: 1876 

Description: A Withington wire binder sits on display inside a building at the Centennial Exposition, the first official World's Fair in the United States.

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: Re-enactors demonstrate a replica of the first reaper built by Cyrus Hall McCormick in 1831. The man raking at the back of the reaper appears to be playing...

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Babcock butterfat tester set used in Adams County, Wisconsin, c. 1895. (Museum Object #1948.589; donated to WHS by Elsie Schieber Patrick)

Historical Essay

First Practical Typewriter

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sholes & Glidden typewriter developed by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and marketed c. 1874. (Museum object #1964.31)

Date: 1956-02-27 

Description: Olaf Hanson, operator of a meat counter, displays his invention: a plastic mold to assemble city chicken on wood skewers.

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Date: 1932 

Description: Diorama(?) depicting the test of the first mechanical reaper by Cyrus McCormick at Steele's Tavern, Virginia in 1831. The display was likely part of Intern...

Date: 1929 

Description: Scene from the film "Romance of the Reaper" showing the building of the first practical reaper on the McCormick farm in Virginia. Actors playing the parts...

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