A History of Hay Equipment: Evolving from Manual Mowing

Mechanizing the farm: Part 1 of 3 in a series exploring a history of mowers and reapers and their improvements.

Warder, Bushnell & Glessner Co., Springfield, Ohio, and Chicago, scored a public relations coup when the company persuaded U.S. President Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) to appear in promotional materials. "President Harrison is the driver and is as comfortable and as safe on this mower seat and has as complete control of the horses as if he sat in a buggy," reads the caption at the bottom of the image. This lithograph promoted Champion harvesting machinery, including "The Improved Champion Mower."