Printer-friendly page

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.

Advertisement for Mechanical Reaper
Citation (Chicago Style): 

McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. McCormick No. 4 Reaper. 1896. Advertisement. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, Seattle, WA.

Read the related article: 
Usage Statement: 

Public Domain

Public Domain is a copyright term that is often used when talking about copyright for creative works. Under U.S. copyright law, individual items that are in the public domain are items that are no longer protected by copyright law. This means that you do not need to request permission to re-use, re-publish or even change a copy of the item. Items enter the public domain under U.S. copyright law for a number of reasons: the original copyright may have expired; the item was created by the U.S. Federal Government or other governmental entity that views the things it creates as in the public domain; the work was never protected by copyright for some other reason related to how it was produced (for example, it was a speech that wasn't written down or recorded); or the work doesn't have enough originality to make it eligible for copyright protection.