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#1 johndeereelfman OFFLINE  

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Posted September 17, 2013 - 08:16 PM

Well since the combined brand "Attachments" thread went so well, why not start a thread for a combined brand Memorabilia and Advertisements. This can include old dealership signs, advertising pens, buttons and decals, hats, banners, belt buckles, oil cans, magazine advertising, toys, magnets, parts bags and tags, etc...


Whatever has the name of your favorite brand of garden tractor on it, show it to us. There is no limit, so post away and enjoy. Let's see how much or how many different things we can come up with until the end of the year. 


I'll start off with some of my magazine advertisements:


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Posted September 17, 2013 - 08:48 PM

Great topic!  It will take me days to get pics though.  I can't fit anymore dealer signs in the shop, and my original prints fill boxes and boxes in the basement.  Here's the one I'm most proud of...it's my oldest piece, and She's jsut so purdy.  I don't know a date for sure, but it's got to be pre-riding tractor for Simplicity.  It has the first variety of the 'Simplicity' script, in porcelain.



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Posted September 17, 2013 - 08:50 PM

Troy, I have a bit of a collection growing of old Clinton engine memorabilia.  I'm nearly addicted to Clinton engines.  You really ought to try one in a John Deere... but I digress.  :D   I'll pull some out and get some photos when I get a free moment.


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Posted September 18, 2013 - 06:50 PM

Wow, I better post some more, or I'll never be able to keep up with everybody!


Oil Can Pints:


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Garden Hose Nozzles:


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Multi-Purpose Lube:


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Un-folded Cereal Box:


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Cardboard Cutout:


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I thought there would have been more response than this? I guess this post just isn't as interesting as I thought it would be.  :(



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Posted September 18, 2013 - 07:47 PM

I thought so too!  Here are a few items I have.  Allis stuff seems much easier to find...I think it's highly collectible, and available due to the AG tractor following, probably on a similar, but smaller scale as the JD stuff.  Finding AC-GT specific items is more difficult.  Finding Simplicity stuff is kinda tough too.  There are some items that appear to have been available to every dealer, and others that I've only seen one or two of.  I'll work on a few pics of some literature later.


Zippo Lighter dated 1958...the rider on the lighter debuted in 1959



And of course, a Zippo Slim in AC script.  This is a 1973



A dealer sign from central IN...missing letters spelled out 'Since 1960", and it was previously a lighted sign.



One of my favorites...a lighted service center sign/clock.  This logo is also my favorite Simplicity logo, due to the incorporation of the GT graphic.  Mid '70's era.



Dealership pennants/banner.  Spans 33', perfect for the shop!



These were sold though dealers to commemorate the 75th anniversary, in 1997.  Found one last year in the plastic.  I enjoyed the fact that Simplicity featured a walk-behind to commemorate their beginnings in GT's.



No room for this one out in the shop...it resides in the main garage as a nite-lite, and to welcome visitors and new friends.  Came from a Eastern MI dealership.



This one is a beauty, and the only one of it's kind I've seen.  Has the mid '70's logo, but has never seen weather.  It's in A++ shape, and came from a defunct Northern MI dealership.  I have a line on their outdoor, 20' steel sign, but have no place to put it, or way to transport it 3.5hrs home.



This one is VERY special...I have 2 from a set of 1 dozen, commemorating the 50th anniversary.  Might sound corny, but I do use one to celebrate the occasional great buy, or rare find!  =]



This is the grill badge from a 75th anniversary tractor...I'm amazed one of the 750 produced was parted out.



Gotta know how warm or cold it is out there!



Another neat find...I prefer old gas cans to the new 'safety' cans, and came across a great Simplicity can.  It was even sold by Simplicity, through dealers with a part #(1690504).




Here's one I like to display at shows...Simplicity used the slogan "There are 9 great mowers in the world.  Simplicity makes 8 of them.", and this photograph, in their mid '70's advertising...



So, I got the sheep so that I could have them all!





That's about all for now...there's more, but I'm pooped for tonite


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 12:55 AM

Cool things you guys have posted. Wish I had something to add.

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:47 AM

A Wheel Horse quality control tag.







Wisconsin engine thermometer


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Great idea for a thread.  I'd just say the guys are all busy this time of year hopefully more will find it later.  I really don't have much but went out to the shop and looked around and found some stuff from my Grandpa's garage that he ran for over fifty years.  I was shop parts cleaner, broom pusher, and small engine apprentice when I was a kid.  By the way, the sparkplug cleaner is no non-operational and recently cosmetically restored.  Grandpa was somewhat of a mechanical genius and machinist so he improved (modified) most everything and I just couldn't sort out what he'd done a feel safe about making it operational.  I've been on the lookout for MF GT stuff and no luck yet.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 11:39 PM




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Posted September 21, 2013 - 07:17 AM

Not exactly GT realated but it did come from a local Allis dealer years ago!

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 11:21 AM

A few more...I may choose a bottle opener to put through some serious 'hours'!  =]





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Posted September 21, 2013 - 02:11 PM

Bolens Belt Buckle:


Bolens patch.  Not sure if it's was 'from the day', a reproduction, or just something new, but, it looks good on the hat :D :D :D



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Posted September 21, 2013 - 02:51 PM

2 of my favorites. The Case "OLD ABE" is an older brass/bronze dealer piece. It's 15" x 19" and weighs about 8 pounds.

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 09:04 AM

This is a great thread! keep those pictures coming.


Troy, there will be more people getting on board, it's a busy time right now with harvest and a lot of great shows. I've been trying to take some of this type of stuff to shows. I enjoy seeing it so I figure others would too.

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 08:33 PM

Here is some Massey literature.Sorry i'm so late on this Troy, I just found it this morning.



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