The first mechanical reaper, mid-19th century

De eerste mechanische maaimachine, midden 19e eeuw

McCormick Harvesting Machine Company (Chicago). Amerikaansche Photographieën; McCormick: Chicago, 1900.

The photo is from a photo album that dates to around 1900 and includes images of the company’s production halls and employees at work. It reveals how mass production was possible even with limited resources. This is a photo of the first Reaper, a mechanical mower. Cyrus McCormick is seen as the inventor of this reaper, but in fact he co-developed it. With its mass production, factory layout and the attention for marketing, McCormick’s company was an example of the modern way to do business. McCormick merged with the Deering Harvester Company in 1902 and became the International Harvester Company.

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