Mystic Theme....All That Rust

by Art Bee April. 20, 2011 5798 views

McCormick-Deering Tractor 1900’s circa.

McCormick-Deering, part of a line of farm machinery produced by International Harvester Company in the early 1900’s. It has metal wheels and, although now a uniform rust color, was undoubtedly originally painted the company’s signature gray with red wheels as all McCormick-Deerings were painted. The crank in the front shows that it was built before today’s electric starters were common.

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Cockshutt Plow Company…..Cockshutt was a large tractor and machinery manufacturer based in Brantford, Ontario.

Originally founded as the Brantford Plow Works by James G. Cockshutt in 1877, the name was changed to the Cockshutt Plow Company when it was incorporated in 1882. After James died shortly thereafter, his brother William Foster Cockshutt took over as president. He remained until 1888, when another brother Frank Cockshutt became president of the company. In 1910, Henry Cockshutt, the youngest of the brothers, took over the leadership of the company. Under his direction, the company was able to obtain financing for acquisitions and expansion.

Known for quality designs, the company became the leader in the tillage tools sector by the 1920s.

Cockshutt Plow Co……The Cockshutt farm equipment story begins in 1877 when James Cockshutt started the Brantford Plow Works Market Street South operation in Brantford, Ontario. In 1882, the Plow Works was incorporated as the Cockshutt Plow Company. The company's products included plows, cultivators, harrows, seeders, and rollers. Cockshutt Plow Company was formed as The Brantford Plow Works in 1877, by James Cockshutt. The first items produced by Cockshutt were stoves and walking plows. James was continuously improving products, making them more efficient. James Cockshutt passed away a few years later, and his father, Ignatius Cockshutt, became Vice-President and his brother W.F. Cockshutt became President. They decided to rename the company, and Cockshutt Plow Company came to life. In 1888, W.F. left the company to manage his own general store, therefore another brother, Frank, became the next President.

The Cockshutt family added new products to their growing product line every year, thus constantly needing more factory and storage space, as well as more employees. 1903 brought about a massive, new twenty-three acre plow factory. Another brother, Harry, took over the company in 1910, renewing their financing abilities. This allowed them to become a full-line company and stronger dealers. The company grew and grew, then in 1962, the farm equipment division was sold to The Oliver Corporation, and Cockshutt Plow Company became White Farm Equipment.Creditors forced the closure of White Farm Equipment in 1985 with the last shift coming on April 10, 1985.

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Olga Helys 10 years, 4 months ago

Great find !
Great angles, colours and lighting !

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Thomas Thompson 10 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic capture for the theme and nice imformative history

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Pauline Wilson Brooks 10 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful post - I wonder what interesting and enduring legacy the 'creditors' who closed down the company will leave behind them. Anyone fancy photos of piles of paper and faceless bureaucrats????

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Jet28 10 years, 5 months ago


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Neil Rosenberger 10 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the History lesson also !!

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Felecia Eby 10 years, 5 months ago


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Brenda Nelson 10 years, 5 months ago

I like your composition and clarity in #3, but the final shot makes me sad. It's always bittersweet to see things that were once so useful, now past their prime! (Sounds a little like me these days!)

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Marsha 10 years, 5 months ago

Great for the theme....really love that last shot!!!

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Finbarr 10 years, 5 months ago

Excellent post !

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Dave 10 years, 5 months ago

Great historical commentary to accompany the photos.

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Yulia 10 years, 5 months ago

Really nice set!

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Gregg Maretka 10 years, 5 months ago

Really cool old farm equipment.

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Larry Nelson 10 years, 5 months ago

Great series and information. Love posts like this.

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Eric J H Joyce 10 years, 5 months ago


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Tomie Poodle 10 years, 5 months ago

excellent post for the theme!

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Neil Rosenberger 10 years, 5 months ago

Great shots, Art !! Where did you find this treasure ??

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Patricia Gonzales 10 years, 5 months ago

Love, love all that rust!!! Last one is my fav!

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David Cardona 10 years, 5 months ago

Pretty good! Thanks for sharing!

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