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International Harvester Engine brochure, ca. 1900

ephemera
48 pages
Notes: Worn edges, some tears and crumples including some oil stains (of course!). Otherwise in very good condition.
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Turn-of-the-century sales brochure for International Harvester Company Gas and Gasoline Engines and Accessories from the International Harvester Company of America, Chicago Illinois USA

Very rare art nouveau design sales brochure with gold embossed words and engine silhouette on both covers. 48 pages of diagrams, tables, and descriptions of valves, cranks, shafts and pistons
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History of International Harvester
The roots of International Harvester run to the 1830s, when Cyrus Hall McCormick, an inventor from Virginia, finalized his version of a horse-drawn reaper, which he field-demonstrated throughout 1831, and for which he received a patent in 1834. Together with his brother Leander J. McCormick(1819–1900), McCormick moved to Chicago in 1847 and started the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. The McCormick reaper sold well, partially as a result of savvy and innovative business practices. Their products came onto the market just as the development of railroads offered wide distribution to distant market areas. He developed marketing and sales techniques, developing a vast network of trained salesmen able to demonstrate operation of the machines in the field.

McCormick died in 1885, with his company passing to his son, Cyrus McCormick, Jr., whose antipathy and incompetence toward organized labor sparked the Haymarket affair, the origin of May Day as a labor holiday. In 1902, the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms (Milwaukee Harvesting Machine Co., Plano Manufacturing Co., and Warder, Bushnell, and Glessner—manufacturers of Champion brand) merged to create the International Harvester Company. Banker J.P. Morgan provided the financing.[2] In 1919, the Parlin and Orendorff factory in Canton, Illinois, was a leader in the plow manufacturing industry. International Harvester purchased the factory, calling it the Canton Works; it continued production for many decades.

Lot Name
International Harvester Engine brochure
Media
ephemera
Size
48 pages
Date
ca. 1900
Estimate
$150 - $300

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