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#1 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 06:47 AM

Looking for info for a fellow collector.  Very cool that it still has it's hood!  He claims it is a '30's Wards

 

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 08:34 AM

This brings up an age old debate if Wards actually sold any with the pogo stick handle bar. That sure looks like it was Wards colors. That tractor was built by Simplicity in the late 30s and maybe early 40s. I don't think the first ones had the hood. At least I've seen them both ways with the pogo stick handle. i had one in Wards colors with the pogo stick handle and no hood. Here are a few pictures of a pair of these that were at Portland IN last year. The one with the Wards decal has a 2 handle bar set up and the Simplicity has the pogo stick. Both styles were Simplicity built.

 

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 10:18 AM

I find this extremely interesting...I have never seen or heard of that handlbar setup from SImplicity, nor had I heard of any tractors by them, prior to the '37 Wards single wheel walker.  Were these made alongside those smaller machines?

The cultivator looks Simplicity to me...the rest did not.  In the photos of the 2 handlebar machine, I see Simplicity in the wheels and handlbars/controls. 

 

Are these machines essentially Simplicity B's?  I've also heard the pogo stick style was a European design that Simplicity may have bought?



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Posted November 05, 2015 - 10:19 AM

I wonder what the people of that day thought when they looked at that hood. I see it as a very dated Buck Rogers rocket ship, which didn't yet exist in 1940.


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Posted November 05, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Well...I can't believe I missed this.  I saved images of the Wards catalog with the Culti-Mower shown, that I recently traded away, and sure enough, the Hoe-Trac with pogo stick handles is right there alongside it.  

I'm led to believe that the pogo bars, were simply later replaced by the 2 handle type SImplicity began using on all their walkers?  Where's the 95 year old retired Simplicity marketing guru when you need him?

 

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 10:24 AM

I wonder what the people of that day thought when they looked at that hood. I see it as a very dated Buck Rogers rocket ship, which didn't yet exist in 1940.

 

It probably hit them like this would us...

 

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Posted November 05, 2015 - 01:45 PM

That bad?


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Posted November 06, 2015 - 07:35 AM

I wonder what the people of that day thought when they looked at that hood. I see it as a very dated Buck Rogers rocket ship, which didn't yet exist in 1940.


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