THE FAIRGROUND DEMONSTRATIONS


| November/December 1963



Early rig

Here is a picture of an early rig from the Toledo Blade. Did you ever see a better vindication of the Iron Men title? Can you Identify the rig? A wood-burning threshing outfit with its rugged crew. In the old days farmers cut the wheat, left it in stacks

Toledo Blade

Granville, Ohio

Let's get one thing abundantly clear at the outset I have fired and ran traction engines to my satisfaction but I have also stepped down to watch my father move around barn lots or set on a graded barn driveway. No one ever said of me as I have of him, 'I'd as soon watch him as to watch a Fairground Demonstration.'

Have you ever considered what a force for honesty in advertising were the Montgomery Ward and Sears Robuck catalogs? The article had to be as described or your money was there waiting for you. In machinery catalogs, by contrast, the sky was the limit. The machine offered was perfection itself and when you got it home, brother, it was yours. Only by field tests and demonstrations could a man hope to determine what he could expect of a machine.

Two things were accomplished in a good demonstration. One; interest could be aroused by proving how easily and surely a good machine could be put through its paces. Two; A competitor could be 'shown up.'

I thought of these points as I listened to Mr. Ira Young of Amanada, Ohio in the fall of 1950. Mr. Young had 7 threshing rigs in operation for years, has sold Case machinery and has demonstrated Case engines on 'Incline.' There on a plank surface pitched about like a barn roof the engine was made to climb, hold, descend part way and climb again always under good control. When you got through swallowing your heart you had witnessed adequate power, good clutch action, ample strength in every part and you realized that somewhere the demonstrator had run an engine before.

An excellent demonstration was made of the 2 cylinder Hart Paar tractor, prior to 1930, when they made it hoist itself vertically by means of steel cables around all four wheels and secured to a steel enclosing framework. The demonstrator rode up with the tractor, held it by means of the pulley brake and could reverse the travel up and down by means of the clutch lever alone. You would not be surprised after witnessing that demonstration to know that the 1224 Hart Paar would, on occasion, pull itself over the wheel chocks by a good load on the belt.