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It's Iconoclasm ... Nothing Else

by Sam Moore

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It's Iconoclasm....Nothing Else,As We See It
Most of our avid readers have been around enough to know that a certain shade of brilliant red, sometimes styled technicolor red, is the unregistered yet sacred color associated with a well-known line of tractors and farm equipment. Executives of the unnamed red-emblazoned companyalmost get apoplexy when Nature in her whimsy persists in coloring the spring-timecountryside a deep shade of green which is characteristic of a constantly encroaching competitive line of equipment. You see what red means to some persons.
Well, here's horror of horrors. A dealer for the technicolor-red line down in the Deep South is besmirching sacred things. He has painted one of his red Cubs white and is traipsing about the country with it showing farmers what that ghostly tractor can do. And it's selling Cubs! That's the worst of it. Next thing some Jayhawker or Buckeye will be painting an "M" grey with a red belly, and the fat will really be in the fire.

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Sir:  I cannot resist the opportunity of dropping you a line in regards to a recent observation of yours concerning a white International Cub tractor
Undoubtedly you have had numerous letters from all sections of the country regarding the white Farmalls that have been shipped to most International dealers. I have had an opportunity or two to demonstrate against these "ghosts" but have not found them to be souped up or more powerful than any other stock Farmall that has been carefully broken in and tuned up. These white demonstrators have appeared in most sections of my territory and have created a considerable amount of farmer interest, some favorable and some not so favorable.
As a territory manager in Central Washington, I have
some unusual farm equipment that has been made in local farm shops I am always on the lookout for unusual equipment as I go from town to town. Imagine my surprise the other day as I passed a farm and saw a new Ford 8N tractor and three row-crop tractors all with the well known gray and red colors. The new paint fairly glistened on these tractors and I nearly drove off the road I was so startled.
I found that the tractors belonged to H.M. Hall of Ellensburg, Wash., and he had painted his International H, John Deere B, and John Deere GP with the gray and red to match his new Ford.
Apparently he anticipated your comments in your column. You see, western agriculture still leads the nation. If it isn't 12-ton/acre alfalfa, it is John Deere tractors with gray and red paint jobs. What's next?
Horrible as the thought is, I have a hunch that if some of our midwestern and eastern dairy farmers could insure 12-ton to the acre crops of alfalfa merely by painting their McCormicks, John Deeres, Ferguson, Case, etc., tractors colors to which they were unaccustomed, they'd paint them all the colors and patterns of a peacock's tail in springtime.the Big Sales Mogul must have put his OK on the Albino Cub drive.