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The Tractor Comes of Age

he introduction of gasoline-powered traction engines in the early 1900s marked a revolution in American farming. Tractors provided a cheaper, more versatile and reliable source of power than the huge, self-propelled steam engines introduced to American farms in the 1870s. This poster captures a moment in tractor evolution just before the industry settled into the basic design familiar today, and sales exploded. In 1915, 25,000 tractors were in use on American farms and by 1920 the number had mushroomed to 246,000.

World's Greatest Tractor Demonstration poster.

Photolithograph, 1915

Unknown Printer
for Illinois Tractor Demonstration (Chicago)
30" x 18"
WHI 3577

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