| March/April 1964

A picture always tells a story more accurately than a verbal description. You will be interested in this large picture of the A. Gaar & Company threshing outfit which we have taken from their catalog of 1870. This through the courtesy of S. G. Sunday, R.D. 1, Modoc, Ind. To me it is very interesting and you may want to frame it.

The thresher is of the 'Apron' type, which was very popular with all machines of that time. Of course it is a hand drawn picture. I can nearly always find fault with an artist --The engine in the picture is most likely an 8 hp and surely not more than a 10 hp. However, judging by the size of the man firing and the boiler compared it is about a 100 hp. You western fellows would say they are setup the wrong way. Note the smoke going toward the grain stack.

I like very much the human element in the picture. Note the man taking a rest on a pile of sheaves and the youngsters at play in the right hand corner.

The engines of that day all had a long stroke. Gaar's 8 hp cylinder was 5 x 11 and the 10 hp was 6 x 13.

It is interesting to note that A. Gaar & Company were in business more than 20 years when on April 1st 1870 they were organized under the laws of the State of Indiana into an Incorporation Company, under the name of 'Gaar, Scott & Company'.

We are giving you some other pictures from the 1870 catalog which I know will be of interest to know what they were doing so long ago.


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