Oliver 1850 Tractor Model

Description (Brief)
The nature of farming dramatically changed in the 20th century through what came to be known as the Green Revolution. From the 1920s-1950s farming productivity rose dramatically due to mechanization, fertilizers, chemicals (fungicides, pesticides, herbicides) and the hybridization of plants and animals. Agricultural innovations continue to be important to farming today. While the museum has over a dozen full-size tractors and other pieces of farming equipment, most technical developments of the 20th century are represented in the collection through toys and models.
The Ertl Company of Dyersville, Iowa manufactured this die-cast metal model of an Oliver 1850 tractor in the 1960s. This Oliver 1850 tractor model was Ertl stock number 604 and built on a 1:16 scale.
Currently not on view
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Fred Ertl, Jr.
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Agricultural Equipment Toys
Data Source
National Museum of American History


These toy tractors sold new in 1965 for $3. The dealer could order them by the case of $1.75 each.

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