Fraud in the tractor industry was rampant in the competitive pre-1920s era
One of the business cards Paul B. Ford used while he was with the Ford Tractor Co. of Minneapolis. On another card, he holds a different position with the company.
This Ford tractor – which was NOT made by Henry Ford – was a spiffy looking tractor, dark green with red fenders. The Ford Tractor Company of Minneapolis tried to trade on the name of Ford Motor Co. of Detroit, but went bankrupt in 1918.
The Happy Farmer Tractor Company of LaCrosse, Wis., used the motto "King of the Field" in 1916, before Pan ever thought of it.
This 1916 photo shows a Lion tractor running a small separator working in North Dakota. This is one of the few action photos ever made of th eLion, since so few of the tractors were made.
The Pan Tank-Tread Tractor, shown in this stylized drawing, was said to be the tractor that "would win World War I." Only one of these tractors was ever made.
The Lion tractor in a 1916 advertisement. The company went bankrupt two years later due to patent litigation.
Claims made of the Liberty tractor weren't exactly fradulent, but were difficult to believe, such as the one stating that the machine could be pushed around the showroom with one finger.