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Advertising Cabinet Card Photograph for an Early Traction Engine Manufactured by the Aultman & Taylor Company, of Mansfield, Ohio, circa 1880

Mansfield: J. A. Hawkins, Photographer, [nd circa 1880] albumen photograph, measuring 4 ⅜ x 7 ¼ inches, mounted on printed burn sienna cardstock mount, measuring 6 x 9 inches, some light staining to image and verso of mount, else in good condition.

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The Aultman & Taylor Company of Mansfield, Ohio, was one the first of that city’s industrial giants, founded in 1866 it lasted until 1923. The firm specialized in threshing machines and pioneered many advances in agricultural machinery, including the first traction engine (likely the one pictured here) in 1880. Printed text on the verso of the mount (see image) describes this steam powered engine as a “Traction (or Hercules) Engine with Drive Wheels in front of the Fire-box, and with Link Guide and Self-Guide Attachments.”