Iron Age Ads

article image
At right: Cover of a 1913 advertising brochure for Albion mowers, reapers and binders manufactured by Harrison, McGregor & Co. Ltd., Leigh, Lancashire, England. The catalog is imprinted with the name “H. Plowright & Sons, Ironmongers, Swaffham, Norfolk, also at Methwold.” (Image reprinted courtesy McCormick-IH Collection Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society.)

The Albion brand name, familiar in the U.S.
into the 1950s, got its start in England. The Albion brand was
originally attached to a broad range of agricultural implements:
animal fodder (turnips, mangles, roughage, etc.) cutting machines,
grinding mills, horse gears and more, produced by Harrison,
McGregor & Co. Ltd. The firm was founded in about 1873 in
Leigh, Lancashire, by Henry Harrison and Alexander McGregor and
later became known as Harrison, McGregor & Guest.

By the early 20th century the company had achieved world-wide
sales and an excellent reputation. A progressive organization,
Harrison, McGregor’s factory had developed very modern
assembly-line methods for the time, allowing efficient manufacture
of large numbers of binders and other machines.

In 1955, the David Brown Co. purchased HM&G Ltd. and for the
next several years offered a broad line of implements with the name
David Brown Albion. Eventually, David Brown was purchased by
Tenneco and later was folded into Case.

Advertisements from many farm publications printed at the
turn of the 20th century were more than mere methods to hawk
tractors and farm equipment. To share those ads from days gone
Farm Collector periodically reproduces some of the
most-spectacular ads used to promote farm equipment and

To submit a vintage advertisement for possible publication,
send it to: Iron Age Ads,
Farm Collector, 1503 S.W. 42nd
St., Topeka, KS 66609; or submit high-quality digital images by

Farm Collector Magazine
Farm Collector Magazine
Dedicated to the Preservation of Vintage Farm Equipment