With 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.
Advertising 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.
I 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.