|The picture shows a view of both sides of this Old Walter Wood Harvest Machines Advertising Premium Hand Held Fan. The fan is not dated but it is believed to be from the late 1800s. It is made of printed paper and wood or bamboo sticks that are held together by a single metal rivet. One side has white and black flowers and leaves with some light gold highlights. There is also what appears to be copper flecks sprinkled on it.|
The other side has what appears to be a dragon with a mans arms. one hand holds a WOOD pennant flag and in the other it looks like a book. This is the advertising side. There are two sections of writing on either side of the image. It is marked on the right side as follows:
WALTER A. WOOD HARVEST MACHINES
HOLD ALL THE HIGHEST PRIZES OF THE WORLD
INCLUDING THE GREATEST AWARDS EVER MADE TO ANY
HARVESTING MACHINE MANUFACTURER
GIVEN TO WALTER A. WOOD AT THE
PARIS EXHIBITION UNIVERSELLE 1889.
THEIR SALES ALSO SURPASS THE SALES OF ALL OTHERS.
THESE TWO FACTS MAKE AN ABSOLUTE DEMONSTRATION THAT
WALTER A. WOOD'S
BINDERS, MOWERS, RAKES, AND REAPERS
SURPASS ALL OTHERS IN THE WORLD IN MERITS
AND IN VALUE ON THE FARM.
The left side of the fan reads as follows:
WALTER A. WOOD OFFICES.
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.
ALSO LOCAL AGENCIES EVERYWHERE.
The fan measures 12'' tall. Unfortunately it is only in fair condition with several separations of the paper and a few small tears. The good news is that the paper is complete and it can be restored. Below here is some Historical reference information on Walter A. Wood:
WOOD, Walter Abbott
(1815 - 1892)
WOOD, Walter Abbott, a Representative from New York; born in Mason, New Hampshire on October 23, 1815; moved to New York in 1816 with his parents, who settled in Rensselaerville; attended the common schools; moved to Hoosick Falls in 1835; became an inventor and manufacturer of reapers, mowers, and binders; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1883); was not a candidate for renomination; returned to Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and resumed his former pursuits; died in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., January 15, 1892; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present