Cyrus Hall McCormick takes the first step toward farm mechanization with the first reaper
The McCormick harvester and twine binder, maufactured in 1881, was the first binder which tied the bundles with twine. After the development of this machine only minor developments, tending to give greater durability and lighter draft, were added.
Pictured are excerpts of the patent grant from the U.S. Patent Office to Cyrus Hall McCormick for his reaper, patented June 21, 1S34. Shown at left is drawing of reaper. Closing paragraphs of patent recite McCormick's claim for the arrangement of several parts to constitute his reaper, the method of cutting by means of a vibrating blade, and the method of gathering and bringing the grain back to the cutter and delivering it on the apron or platform by means of a reel, movable to any height to suit the grain, and the platform to hold the grain until collected for a sheaf.
The forge shop on the McCormick farm in Walnut Grove, Rockbridge County, Virginia, as it appeared when Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the reaper. The reaper in its early stage can be seen in the foreground. The forge shop, which still stands, has been designated a registered national historic landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior.