First Reaper: The Beginning of Farm Mechanization

Cyrus Hall McCormick takes the first step toward farm mechanization with the first reaper

Excerpts of the patent grant
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.