This is the copy of picture of the first ''Aultman-Taylor'' thresher. Original picture is owned by Ray Mechling, Thornville, Ohio. Whole advertising card is 6'' X 9''. The man pictured with thresher is N. R. Darling, who bought the first A & T thresher Mr
Route 1, Millersport, Ohio 43046
It seems almost unnecessary to say much about the extraordinary durability of 'Aultman-Taylor' Threshing Machinery to intelligent wide-awake people, as it is now about universally admitted that it is the most durable made in the United States, and that it withstands all kinds of weather and climates better than any made in England. So much has this become a proverb that any enthusiastic manufacturer having an honest pride in his own goods calculates the advancing merit of his work by estimating how closely it approaches 'Aultman-Taylor' goods in material and workmanship. It is to the wonderful durability of Aultman-Taylor goods as much as to any other one feature that we owe the distinction of our machine, as THE STANDARD THRESHER OF THE VIBRATOR CLASS, a name and position now fully accorded to it. In reading the following our friends and all other discriminating persons should recollect that as Mr. Darling's machine was the first we ever built, and at that early day we were not familiar with all the demands of the trade, nor able to tell exactly which parts would require greatest strength and most enduring qualities. Every year since has added to our knowledge, and our goods having reached nearly all sections of the grain-producing world, we have by adding each year 'here a little and there a little,' and improving and strengthening at every point where needed, finally reached our present practically undisputed reputation as the builders of the standard threshing machinery of the Nineteenth Century. We ask the intelligent and wide-awake money making class of threshermen to read what the purchaser of the first 'Aultman-Taylor' Thresher has to say about it.
The back of card carries the message of approximately 1880 words, all old fashioned fine print. The first part of message, words from Aultman Taylor 'From All The Good Choose The Best'. This is followed by a testimonial letter from N. R. Darling about the thresher. Then another testimonial letter from Darling, a year after the first one. He had switched from horsepower to steam. (Note - we are printing the first part of message - their copy is certainly different from advertising of today.)
We do not think we say too much when we state that it is our deliberate conviction that if we asked $50 more for a Thresher, $20 more for a Horse-Power, and $100 more for an Engine than we now do, that our goods would still be (quality and durability considered) much the cheapest in the market. Of course our profit on goods is not so large as it would be if we built them at less cost, but by our course in using only the best material and plenty of it and sparing no work on our goods, we have built up our reputation wherever threshing machinery is used, as the builders of the STANDARD THRESHER of the VIBRATOR CLASS, as well as the leading machine in the market.
Wherever Threshers, Horse Powers and Engines are used candid observers (even if they are owners of other makes) acknowledge that ours are the best, the least costly for repairs and most profitable to own and run. Buy the 'Aultman-Taylor' and you will be sure to have the best. Buy other makes and when you are delayed by breakdowns (often when you should be making from $15 to $30 per day), or paying out your hard earned cash for expensive repairs, or when you see your machine wore out a year or two too soon, turn around and buy an 'Aultman-Taylor'. It is never too late to learn, but by getting an 'Aultman-Taylor' at the start you will save yourself much loss of time, vexation and waste of money. Buy early in the season, though we are doing our best this year to get out as many Threshers, Horse Powers and Engines as our trade calls for. Please preserve this Photograph carefully, as it is a photograph of the first 'Aultman-Taylor' Thresher ever built (also of its owner, Mr. Darling), and as such cannot fail to be an object of interest to every man running a threshing machine, just as a photograph of the first steamboat or locomotive would now be an interesting and valuable thing to own. This photograph was taken in the Spring of 1879. The machine was built and sold in 1868 and had run eleven seasons.
Yours truly, THE AULTMAN-TAYLOR COMPANY