Mighty Man Garden Tractor Photograph and Advertisement Collection, 1947-1955  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Mighty Man Garden Tractor Photograph and Advertisement Collection
Dates
1947-1955 (inclusive)
Quantity
45 photographic prints
15 items : advertisements and clippings
Collection Number
PH0641
Summary
Photographs and advertisements for various Mighty Man Garden Tractor models and implements, from Tacoma, Washington, 1947-1955.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Album 1, 1949-1955Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1
 Push tractor with front-attached, 7-bit cultivator implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
1 2
 Push tractor with rear-attachment, multi-blade implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
1 3
 Push tractor with rear-end seat and disc tiller implement being demonstrated in field
Caption reads: "Riding Sulky. Pneumatic Tires. Adjustable wheel spacing."
1 4
Push tractor with front-attached plow implement
1 5
Man demonstrating push tractor with front-attached snowplow implement
1 6
Push tractor with front-attached plow implement sitting in mechanical shop
2 7
Multi-blade attachment for tractor
2 8
Man demonstrating push tractor with rotary snowplow implement spraying snow
2 9
 Push tractor with 6-blade, rear-attached cultivator implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
2 10
Push tractor with rear-attached plow implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
2 11
 Push tractor with 8-blade disc implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
2 12
Push tractor with front snowplow and sprayer implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
3 13
Eight-blade disc implement for tractor
Lee Merrill Photographers, Tacoma (photographer)
3 14
Hilling tool plow implement for tractor
John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma (photographer)
3 15
Equipment of unknown purpose
3 16
Pamphlet with product explanation and illustrations with captions
3 17
Machinery in mechanical shop
3 18
Helicopter rescue basket
Caption reads: "Helicopter Basket (rescue) presently being manufactured by Marine Iron Works for the Air Rescue Service."
1955
3 19
Metal equipment of unknown use
3 20-21
Machinery in manufacturing shop

Album 2, 1949-1950Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
4 22
Tractor with rear-attached plow implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
Color-enhanced b&w photo.
4 23
Mighty Man Tractor
4 24
Hilling tool plow implement
4 25
Disc implement with 8 12-inch discs, attached to rear of tractor
4 26
Rear-attached cultivator implement on tractor
4 27
Mighty Man Tractor
4 28
4 29
Plow implement for tractor
4 30
Tractor with front-attached snowplow and sprayer
5 31
Metal wheel implement
Lee Merrill Photographers, Tacoma (photographer)
5 32
Rear view of tractor and attached single plow implement
5 33 ca. 1949
5 34
5 35
Two Mighty Man Tractors in display window of Ernst Hardware Company
Webster and Stevens Commercial Photographers, Seattle (photographer)
5 36
Close-up of Mighty Man Junior Tractor engine and structure
John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma (photographer)
5 37
Tractor with front-attached sickle bar mower
John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma (photographer)
5 38
Mighty Man Junior Tractor
John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma (photographer)
5 39
Tractor with snowplow and rotary sprayer implement
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
5 40
 Tractor with "riding sulky" seat and 2-disc hoe implement attached
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
5 41
Rear view of tractor and single plow implement

Album 3, 1947-1950Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
6 42
Clipping of headlines from Tacoma News Tribune with photo of Jack Roberts, Public Works Commissioner, pushing Mighty Man Tractor with snowplow
1949
6 43
6 44
Tractor with front-attached sickle bar mower
John Bickel Photographic Illustration, Tacoma (photographer)
6 45
Tractor with snowplow and rotary sprayer
Turner Richards Studio, Tacoma (photographer)
6 46
Ernst Hardware advertisement clipping from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
6 47
Flyer for Mighty Man Tractor Models 5 and 7 with photos and captions
6 48
Flier for Mighty Man Rotary Tiller
6 49
Price list for the Mighty Man line of tractors and implements
1950
6 50
Knox Seed Co. advertisement clipping from the Modesto Bee for Mighty Man Junior
1950
7 51
Advertisement for Mighty Man Tractors in Farm Implement News
1949
7 52
Assembly instructions for Model 5 tractor
7 53
Advertisement for Mighty Man Junior in Farm Implement News
1949
7 54
Tacoma Seed Co. advertisement for Mighty Man Junior
7 55
Tri-fold pamphlet for Mighty Man All-Purpose Tractors
1947
7 56
Advertisement for Mighty Man Tractors in Implement & Tractor
1949
7 57
Three-part fold-out advertisement for Mighty Man authorized dealer
7 58
Ernst Hardware advertisement for Mighty Man Junior
1950
7 59
Poster advertisement for Mighty Man Junior Cultivator

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Garden tractors--Photographs
  • Rotary tillers--Photographs
  • Snowplows--Photographs
  • Tractors--Equipment and supplies--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Marine Iron Works (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Advertisements
  • Clippings
  • Photographic prints
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • John Bickel Photographic (photographer)
    • Lee Merrill Photographers (photographer)
    • Turner Richards Studio (photographer)
    • Webster & Stevens (photographer)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)