Letters to The Editor

Early sales literature promoting St. Paul Harvester Works

| June 2006

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I have been reading Farm Collector for two-plus years and enjoy it very much. Of particular interest are the articles by Sam Moore and Delbert Trew. In the April 2006 issue they, again, have nice advertising clips of early day devices.

This is a reproduction of the front and back of an old sales promotion card, made from the original owned by my brother in Newark, Ill. Is it more than a little amazing that St. Paul Harvester Works was using the female form to sell "Appleby" pattern twine binders? Pretty "racy," I thought, for that time in history. (So much for the idea that shapely women first appeared in automobile ads during the 1920s and 1930s!) After all, in 1882 my grandmother was 2 years old, Montana was still 7 years and 3 months away from statehood, and twin binders had only been around for about 10 years.

I have not seen any other articles on St. Paul Harvester Works in the many books and magazines that I have relating to antique or vintage machinery. Could any contributors or readers fill us in on the history of this company?

- Robert C. Banderob
P.O. Box 82
Darby, MT 59829

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