Yes, we are here!

In times like these our hobbies become lifesavers. At GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE and FARM COLLECTOR, we have been tracking down the most interesting and rare vintage farm machines and collections for more than 80 years combined! That includes researching and sourcing the best books on collectibles available anywhere. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-866-624-9388 or by email. Stay safe!

Whitman Agricultural Co. at the World’s Fair

Advertisements for the Whitman Agricultural Co. show its diverse line of agricultural machinery.

| October 2013

  • Whitman Ag Ad
    Whitman Agricultural trade card.
    Photo Courtesy David Schnakenberg
  • Whitman Agricultural
    Whitman Agricultural Co. display at the St. Louis World's Fair.
    Photo Courtesy David Schnakenberg
  • Floral Clock
    Floral clock and north end of Palace of Agriculture, from Ceylon Building, St. Louis World's Fair.
    Photo Courtesy Farm Collector

  • Whitman Ag Ad
  • Whitman Agricultural
  • Floral Clock

Whitman Agricultural Co. was established in 1870 by Charles E. Whitman in St. Louis, Mo. The company’s three-story factory was located at 8th and 9th streets. Whitman’s initial product was a hay press marketed as “Whitman’s New Rebound Plunger Press.” It was powered by horses harnessed to a sweep that powered a series of gears that moved the plunger back and forth.

The Whitman hay press took honors when it was exhibited at many major fairs in the early 1880s. The company expanded its line of agricultural machinery in the late 1880s to include “St. Louis” corn shellers with a single horsepower, seed sowers, feed cutters, cultivators, harrows, cider mills, saw mill machinery and more. In the late 1890s, Whitman added the Sultan line of gasoline engines, hoisting machinery, power and air compressors. By the early 1900s, Whitman was producing larger belt-driven hay balers.

Whitman Agricultural Co. exhibited its line of machinery at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and issued full line catalogs as late as 1911. FC 

Grateful acknowledgement is given to David Schnakenberg, who contributed the trade card below from his collection of pre-1910 chromolithographs of farm machinery advertising.  

For more information:  

— Contact him at 10108 Tamarack Dr., Vienna, VA 22182; (703) 938-8606;  


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


click me