World War I ruling ends limitless wagon possibilities
Above: This two-page spread appeared in a farm wagon advertising folder printed and distributed by John Deere in 1921. Note the boldface headline: “Made to Government Specifications.” Other U.S. farm wagon manufacturers promoted the 56-inch auto-track feature in their magazine advertising and literature.
Right: One wagon manufacturer ran this ad in a 1918 farm publication to inform its customers about the new wagon auto-track standard. The ad referred to the standard as a federal “recommendation.” However, the directive sent to all wagon manufacturers was much more specific: It clearly stated that “after Jan. 1, 1919, all wagons must be made to conform to the auto track.”