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|The picture shows a front and back view of this Colorful Old Yankee Swivel Plow Advertising Trade Card. The back has advertising to ''Why Every Farmer Should Own A Yankee Swivel Plow''. They had sizes for one, two, or three horses. The front of the card is lithographed in color. It pictures the plow advertised in detail and is marked as follows:|
YANKEE SWIVEL PLOW
The Universal Favorite
For Side Hill Or Level Land
Belcher & Taylor Agr'l Tool Co.
Chicopee Falls, Mass., U.S.A.
Milton Bradley Co. Lith. Springfield, Mass.
The card was printed by the famous board game maker Milton Bradley of Springfield, Massachusetts.
A few Historical words about the company were found on a website by Steven Prejsner. They are as follows:
''One of the companies that played an important role in the growth and prosperity of Chicopee was the Belcher & Taylor Company. Belcher & Taylor started out as the Belcher Iron Works in 1786 by Bildad B. Belcher. It was later renamed The Belcher Company and began to manufacture and export farming equipment when the railway was extended to Chicopee. In 1863, feeling the need for more money, Mr. Belcher partnered with George S. Taylor and in the fall of 1864 the company was renamed Belcher and Taylor Agricultural Tool Company. This company became one of the leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment through the mid 1800ís to the early 1900s by purchasing the rights to manufacture the best agricultural technology of the day.''
The advertising trade card measures about 5-1/2'' x 3-3/8''. It is in excellent condition. There is one light corner bend and another had been lightly bumped. The back has some age discoloration as pictured where another paper item was in contact with it for many years.
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