AN Excellent Book On TRACTORS -Full Of History And Pictures

| July/August 1976

The information was compiled by R. B. Gray and the book was first published by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. It is now published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section discusses mechanical farm power from its beginning until 1920. The second catalogs chronologically the development of both track and wheel type tractors through the year 1950.

Excellent photographs help make the book more than a listing of names and dates. Illustrations abound, and the information is further enhanced by charts showing comparative performances of various machines.

In addition to giving year-to-year information about tractors and tractor manufacturers the book stresses highlights and historical events which played major roles in the growth of the farm machinery industry.

The opening of the West after the Civil War, for instance, and the need to break open the prairie soil, stimulated manufacturing.

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