Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Mighty Man Garden Tractor Photograph and Advertisement Collection
1947-1955



VM Collection No.: 641
Title: Mighty Man Garden Tractor Photograph and Advertisement Collection
Date Span: 1947-1955
Quantity: 45 photographic prints
15 items : advertisements and clippings
Location: K0187
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Man in Mighty Man Tractor hauling trailer full of gourds, ca. 1949. Photo: Lee Merrill Photographers, Tacoma. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23826z

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Note

The Farm Equipment Division of Marine Iron Works, Inc. of Tacoma, Washington, manufactured Mighty Man Garden Tractors in the 1940s and 1950s. The small, two-wheeled tractors had two- and three-horsepower engines and handle bars for pushing, and could be fitted with various models of front- and back-end attachments such as snowplows, disc tillers, cultivators, mowers, and seats for riding.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three albums (now disassembled) containing black-and-white promotional photographs of small tractors and tractor implements, as well as other equipment and machinery manufactured by Marine Iron Works. Many photographs are studio shots, several of which have been colored. A few images show the tractors in use. Albums also include advertisements in the form of newspaper clippings and flyers, and instructions and packing slips for the tractors.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Acquisition Info

Source: Fairlook Antiques, Seattle, 2003.

Processing Info

Processed by Sarah Nelson.

The three albums were disassembled. Photographs and other material have been placed in folders, and their original order has been maintained.


Inventory

 
Folder Item Date
Album 11949-1955
11Push tractor with front-attached, 7-bit cultivator implement   View image

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
2Push tractor with rear-attachment, multi-blade implement   View image

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
3Push tractor with rear-end seat and disc tiller implement being demonstrated in field   View image

Caption reads: "Riding Sulky. Pneumatic Tires. Adjustable wheel spacing."
4Push tractor with front-attached plow implement
5Man demonstrating push tractor with front-attached snowplow implement
6Push tractor with front-attached plow implement sitting in mechanical shop
27Multi-blade attachment for tractor
8Man demonstrating push tractor with rotary snowplow implement spraying snow
9Push tractor with 6-blade, rear-attached cultivator implement   View image

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
10Push tractor with rear-attached plow implement

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
11Push tractor with 8-blade disc implement   View image

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
12Push tractor with front snowplow and sprayer implement

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
313Eight-blade disc implement for tractor

Photographer: Lee Merrill Photographers, Tacoma
14Hilling tool plow implement for tractor

Photographer: John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma
15Equipment of unknown purpose
16Pamphlet with product explanation and illustrations with captions
17Machinery in mechanical shop
18Helicopter rescue basket1955
Caption reads: "Helicopter Basket (rescue) presently being manufactured by Marine Iron Works for the Air Rescue Service."
19Metal equipment of unknown use
20-21Machinery in manufacturing shop

 
Folder Item Date
Album 21949-1950
422Tractor with rear-attached plow implement

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
Color-enhanced b&w photo.
23Mighty Man Tractor
24Hilling tool plow implement
25Disc implement with 8 12-inch discs, attached to rear of tractor
26Rear-attached cultivator implement on tractor
27Mighty Man Tractor
28Tractor with front-attached sickle bar mower   View image
29Plow implement for tractor
30Tractor with front-attached snowplow and sprayer
531Metal wheel implement

Photographer: Lee Merrill Photographers, Tacoma
32Rear view of tractor and attached single plow implement
33Man driving Mighty Man Tractor using seat implement ("riding sulky") and towing trailer full of gourds down country road   View imageca. 1949

Photographer: Lee Merrill Photographers, Tacoma
34Man guiding Mighty Man Tractor as it tows a commercial truck   View image
35Two Mighty Man Tractors in display window of Ernst Hardware Company

Photographer: Webster and Stevens Commercial Photographers, Seattle
36Close-up of Mighty Man Junior Tractor engine and structure

Photographer: John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma
37Tractor with front-attached sickle bar mower

Photographer: John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma
38Mighty Man Junior Tractor

Photographer: John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma
39Tractor with snowplow and rotary sprayer implement

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
40Tractor with "riding sulky" seat and 2-disc hoe implement attached   View image

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
41Rear view of tractor and single plow implement

 
Folder Item Date
Album 31947-1950
642Clipping of headlines from Tacoma News Tribune with photo of Jack Roberts, Public Works Commissioner, pushing Mighty Man Tractor with snowplow1949
43Tractor with seat "riding sulky" and rear-attached single plow implement   View image
44Tractor with front-attached sickle bar mower

Photographer: John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma
45Tractor with snowplow and rotary sprayer

Photographer: Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma
46Ernst Hardware advertisement clipping from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
47Flyer for Mighty Man Tractor Models 5 and 7 with photos and captions
48Flier for Mighty Man Rotary Tiller
49Price list for the Mighty Man line of tractors and implements1950
50Knox Seed Co. advertisement clipping from the Modesto Bee for Mighty Man Junior1950
751Advertisement for Mighty Man Tractors in Farm Implement News 1949
52Assembly instructions for Model 5 tractor
53Advertisement for Mighty Man Junior in Farm Implement News 1949
54Tacoma Seed Co. advertisement for Mighty Man Junior
55Tri-fold pamphlet for Mighty Man All-Purpose Tractors1947
56Advertisement for Mighty Man Tractors in Implement & Tractor 1949
57Three-part fold-out advertisement for Mighty Man authorized dealer
58Ernst Hardware advertisement for Mighty Man Junior1950
59Poster advertisement for Mighty Man Junior Cultivator

Subject Terms

Organizations:
John Bickel Photographic, photographer.
Lee Merrill Photographers, photographer.
Marine Iron Works (Tacoma, Wash.)
Turner Richards Studio, photographer.
Webster & Stevens, photographer.
Subjects:
Garden tractors--Photographs.
Rotary tillers--Photographs.
Snowplows--Photographs.
Tractors--Equipment and supplies--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Advertisements.
Clippings.
Photographic prints.
Last modified: June 08, 2006
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