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"Old Red" Cotton Picker

Location: Washington, DC, USA
Date: 1943Creator(s): Rust, John, Rust, Mack
"The development of the cotton picker was the most important single factor which enabled the American cotton industry to stay alive," observed Dr. George S. Buck, Jr., director of research for the National Cotton Council recenty. Some 96% of the 1969 U.S. cotton crop was harvested by machines, points out J.W. Wegener, manager of International Harvester's Memphis Works manager. "Old Red" was built by International Harvester in 1943, retired in 1959, and restored in 1964. Still mounted on its original Farmall Tractor, it was donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History by Producers Cotton Oil of Fresno, California.
Tags: Era: 1940-1949
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"Old Red" now resides in the National Museum of History & Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
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