Collectible farm-related and tractor postcards add unique dimension to old iron hobby
“Turning eight 14-inch furrows with Rumely plows and an OilPull.” The card’s back reads: “In the Winnipeg Motor Contest we proved that the OilPull plows at the least cost per brake horsepower per hour; runs smoother and with less variation in R.P.M.”
“Tractor driving a Rumely Ideal Separator.” The card’s back reads: “The OilPull tractor, because of its perfect automatic regulation, keeps running at an even speed, whether load is heavy or light, one bundle or a dozen.”
The Rumely ToeHold cultivating tractor: This unusual divided-back card (marked on the back #AD360-214) reads, “Cultivating tractor has 14 tractive horse-power, 32 belt-power and is less than 5 feet tall. Just the thing for cultivating orchards as it is lightweight, speedy, turns short and burns cheap fuel.” Rumely acquired designs for the ToeHold from a California man in 1912. If Rumely ever produced the unit, it was only for a very short time.
Postmarked in 1939, this card advertises the Allis-Chalmers Model M, available in wide or narrow tread, pulling an offset disc.
With a 1940 postmark, this card advertises the Allis-Chalmers Model B said to be capable of replacing four to six horses.
This divided-back card (marked on the back #AD418-279) notes that the Rumely cream separator is available in three sizes and all are easy to clean. Rumely cream separators are very rare; just one complete unit is known to exist.
“Tractor hauling 1,000 bushels of wheat in North Dakota.” The card’s back reads: “The OilPull tractor will rush your crops to market before prices drop and cars get scarce. It will haul logs, ore, stone — anything — from one-third to one-half cheaper than horses. Quick to start, easy to operate: burns kerosene under all conditions. An ideal power for the road builder or contractor. Write for special Good Roads Circular and OilPull catalog. M. Rumely Co. (INC), La Porte, Ind. Canadian Distributor, Rumely Products Co., Winnipeg.” The factory-produced card is unnumbered; it has a divided back and is unused.