New Idea Mower 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.
This mower is a cast-iron New Idea model that was made by Topping Models, Inc. of Akron, Ohio, in 1952. The mower is made for use behind a tractor.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mower, New Idea
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 in; 8.89 cm x 12.7 cm
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Agricultural Equipment Toys
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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