Mechanical Reaper Advertisement
In 1834, inventor Cyrus McCormick took out a patent for a horse-drawn reaper. After several improvements to the design, he established a harvester factory in Chicago in 1847. This advertisement was published on July 4, 1896. It reads, "The world demands the best mowers and reapers. That's why more than one-third of the entire output of the world are McCormick Machines. They are the best. Sold by Polson-Wilton Hardware Co. The No. 4 beats them all."
In 1902, the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company merged with the Deering Harvester Company and three other businesses to form the International Harvester Company.
McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. McCormick No. 4 Reaper. 1896. Advertisement. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, Seattle, WA. https://cdm16786.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/advert/id/415
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