Massey-Harris Model 20 Self-Propelled Combine, 1938

Summary

"Combines" combine the major tasks of the grain harvest: cutting and gathering the crop, then threshing and separating the kernels. The Massey-Harris Combine Model 20, introduced in 1938, culminated over 100 years of improvement in mechanical harvesters and is a "Landmark of Agricultural Engineering." Operated by just one person, it provided valuable relief to the labor shortages of World War II.

"Combines" combine the major tasks of the grain harvest: cutting and gathering the crop, then threshing and separating the kernels. The Massey-Harris Combine Model 20, introduced in 1938, culminated over 100 years of improvement in mechanical harvesters and is a "Landmark of Agricultural Engineering." Operated by just one person, it provided valuable relief to the labor shortages of World War II.

Artifact

Combine

Date Made

1938

Creators

Massey-Harris Company 

Chrysler Corporation 

Place of Creation

Canada, Ontario, Toronto 

Creator Notes

Combine manufactured by Massey-Harris Company, Toronto, Ontario; engine made by Chrysler Corporation.

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

75.131.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Henry L. Oldham.

Material

Metal

Color

Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 132 in

Width: 204 in

Length: 288 in

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