People know Clymer for our powersports manuals, helping you maintain and fix motorcycles and ATVs, but a big part of our business is the Implement and Tractor ( I & T) line of manuals for agricultural equipment. Haynes acquired Clymer in 2013, and between then and 1970 when Floyd Clymer died, the I & T tractor manuals had become part of our back catalog. These original service and repair manuals for agricultural tractors had first been published in 1948 by Implement and Tractor Publications, which began publishing magazines back in 1885.
If you’s like an in depth look back into the history of farm machinery or American agriculture in general, you can’t get any better than looking at some of their old back issues. In 1986, while I & T was owned by Intertec, a hardbound book was released with selections from past magazine stories and advertisements, titled Reflections on 100 Years of Farm Equipment. Today the magazine side of the business is owned by Farm Journal Media, but they still put out a periodical called “Farm Equipment“.
Intertec also published compilations of old tractor advertising and the informational listings of tractor models from the magazine in the I & T Collector’s Series. Farm Tractors vol. one covered the explosive growth years of 1916 to 1925, when the American farm was being mechanized. Farm Tractors vol. two covers the period from 1926 to 1956, during which time modern tractors and combines were evolving. Both books are full of interesting information on old implements and machinery, and great pictures, if you are into antique tractors.
If you have an antique Ford 9N, 2N, or 8N tractor (1939-1952), classic Ford NAA/Golden Jubilee (1953-1954), or later Ford tractor, chances are I & T has a manual for you. If you prefer your tractors in red, I & T has manuals for International Harvester Farmall tractors, including the popular Model A, B, C, H, M, Cub and their variations (1939-1957), as well as their later models. But that’s not all, of course they cover Massey-Ferguson, John Deere, Allis-Chalmers, and practically every popular brand.
What follows is a selection of some of the advertising and interesting images of tractors from the 1916-1925 period, as found in I & T Collector Series Farm Tractors, volume one.