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Bulletins from the Battle Front

n the 1880s and 1890s, competition among implement makers became known as the Binder Wars. After each new field trial, the victorious manufacturer boasted of its latest triumph in hastily printed posters that it distributed locally. Losers sometimes produced posters as well, condemning the judges, test conditions and the products and business practices of their rivals.

Reaper Contest poster.

Letterpress with Wood Engraving, 1882

Unknown Printer
for D. M. Osborne & Co. (Auburn, NY)
28" x 20.75"
WHI 2495

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