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Getting Better All The Time

he theme of progress occurs over and over in nineteenth-century advertising, but it is rarely stated as directly as in this small poster. Inset views of obsolete harvesting technologies helped portray the Marsh Harvester as the pinnacle of mechanical genius and the foundation of rural prosperity. The Marsh Harvester itself would be superseded within a decade by the twine binder.

See similar posters: Farm Technology

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Color lithograph, 1876
Printed by Charles Shober & Co. (Chicago)
for Gammon & Deering (Chicago)
14" x 17.75"

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