Allis-Chalmers PostcardWith a history going back to the 1840s, Allis-Chalmers was an important manufacturer of tractors and other farm implements. In 1955 Allis-Chalmers purchased the Gleaner Manufacturing Company, a combine manufacturer that was established in 1923 when the Baldwin Brothers of Kansas designed an improved type of self-propelled harvester. This postcard probably dates from the ’60s, and includes this product description on the back:

GLEANER-BALDWIN Big Capacity Combining
Machines for Big Acreages . . . custom operation . . . with exclusive GLEANER-BALDWIN features and advantages for a Big Capacity harvest. Four Models – “A”, “R”, “T”, and “B” Rice Special are recognized in harvest fields the world over as a symbol of quality, big capacity, and dependable performance. GLEANER BALDWIN combines are built by Allis-Chalmers. See your Allis-Chalmers dealer or write Allis-Chalmers, Milwaukee, U. S. A.

Case Steam Roller

Case Steam Roller PostcardAdvertising postcards are my favorites, and cards that include tractors and other heavy equipment are particularly cool. This one features a steam roller from the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Co. and was mailed in 1909. That’s an advertisement for Case (with the eagle) on the tree in the foreground.

Steam Tractor

Tractor PostcardBack of CardI love the old steam-powered tractors, enormous machines that were more akin to locomotives than to the later gasoline tractors. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they must have been quite a sight rumbling across the plains! This divided-back view of Montana was published by Charles E. Morris, a photographer and publisher that operated out of Chinook, Montana from approximately 1905 to 1925.