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Pre-1920 Lesser-Known Classics
Those spade-tips were distinctive of Fageol tractors and were designed so they wouldn’t sink into the sandy soils prevalent in California farmland, the target market for these machines. The Fageol brothers, Frank and William, began in manufacturing by building cars in Iowa. But the lure of California had them move to Oakland, where they opened a tractor factory in 1917.
MINNEAPOLIS STEEL TWIN CITY 17-29
This Minneapolis, Minnesota-based firm was organized in 1902 and would make its mark on horsepower by building the famed Corliss steam engine. The company would later go into internal combustion engine manufacturing at which time it took to building tractors for J.I. Case and Bull Tractor Company.
The late 1910s saw an unprecedented explosion in tractor development as tractors of all sizes, shapes and designs.