10 little-known tractors that might have been contenders for success.
The hood sides have been lifted in this side view of the Tom Thumb tractor to better show the machine's various attributes.
The Klumb tractor was manufactured by three different companies starting in 1913. This 1920 advertisement shows the Klumb Model F 16-32 shortly before its last parent company, Dubuque (Iowa) Tractor & Truck Co. went out of business.
Like many other tractors advertised prior to 1920, the $595 Whitney was supposed to have great zing, and greatly help the farmer. This 1920 Chilton Tractor Journal ad said this machine "shatters all former standards of tractor value," a tractor "practically every farmer in the country can afford to buy."
The Capital 10-15 shown here was one of at least nine different models produced by the C.H.A. Dissinger & Bros. Co. of Wrightsville, Pa. Though the tractor has a somewhat primitive look, it lasted on the market until 1920.
The Antigo 15-25 Quad-Pull, an early four-wheel drive tractor with enclosed wheels. It was a rectangular tractor, 117 inches long, 58 inches wide and 61 inches high, rated to pull three plows or a 24-inch-by-38-inch thresher.
A 12-24 Beaver tractor. It's interesting to note the lettering on the side of the hood lists the belt horsepower (which was always higher than drawbar horsepower) first, perhaps to strengthen an image of power.
Photos of the Phoenix tractor are rare, perhaps as rare as finding existing models of the tractor itself.
The Illinois Tractor Co. ran a series of full-page ads in about 1920, touting the Illinois tractor.
The 1919 10-20 Vim built by the Vim Tractor Co. of Schleisingerville, Wis.
The Wolverine 18 hp General Purpose tractor had a 2-cylinder engine, and was one of a trio of tractors that included 25- and 35-hp models, built starting in 1912 by the Ypsilanti (Mich.) Hay Press Co.