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"Old Red" Cotton Picker | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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"Old Red" Cotton Picker

"Old Red" Cotton Picker | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
"Old Red," the "first commercial cotton picker,"  and a new International 622 cotton picker en route to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "Old Red" was donated to the National Museum by Producers Cotton Oil of Fresno, California. The picker was built by International Harvester in 1943. The cotton pickers are parked on a trailer outside International Harvester's Memphis Works. The men in the photograph are (L to R) Dr. George S. Buck, Jr., director of research, National Cotton Council; Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb; J.W. Wegener, IH Memphis Works manager; and Charles M. Albright, IH supervisor of cotton picker sales.  At a press conference in Memphis, Wegener pointed out that 96% of the 1969 U.S. cotton crop was harvested by machines, and Dr. Buck said "the development of the cotton picker was the most important single factor which enabled the American cotton industry to stay alive."
DESCRIPTION
"Old Red," the "first commercial cotton picker," and a new International 622 cotton picker en route to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "Old Red" was donated to the National Museum by Producers Cotton Oil of Fresno, California. The picker was built by International Harvester in 1943. The cotton pickers are parked on a trailer outside International Harvester's Memphis Works. The men in the photograph are (L to R) Dr. George S. Buck, Jr., director of research, National Cotton Council; Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb; J.W. Wegener, IH Memphis Works manager; and Charles M. Albright, IH supervisor of cotton picker sales. At a press conference in Memphis, Wegener pointed out that 96% of the 1969 U.S. cotton crop was harvested by machines, and Dr. Buck said "the development of the cotton picker was the most important single factor which enabled the American cotton industry to stay alive."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11187
Creation Date: 1969
Creator Name:International Harvester Company
City:Memphis
County:
State:Tennessee
Collection Name:McCormick - International Harvester
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:transparency, color
Original Format Number:M2002-181, box 17, folder 31
Original Dimensions:4 x 5 inches
SUBJECTS
Agricultural exhibitions
Agricultural machinery
Cotton
Men
Signs and signboards
Outdoor photography

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