Tour Scotland Video John Deere Tractors Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club Rally Strathmiglo Fife



Tour Scotland video of John Deere tractors on visit to the Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club Rally at Corston Mill, by Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland. One of the events at the Fife Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club Rally. Deere & Company began when John Deere, born in Rutland, Vermont, USA on February 7, 1804, moved to Grand Detour, Illinois in 1836 to escape bankruptcy in Vermont. Already an established blacksmith, Deere opened a 1,378 square foot shop in Grand Detour in 1837, which allowed him to serve as a general repairman in the village, as well as a manufacturer of small tools such as pitchforks and shovels. Small tools production was just a start; the item that set him apart was the self-scouring steel plow, which was pioneered in 1837 when John Deere fashioned a Scottish steel saw blade into a plow. Prior to Deere's steel plow, most farmers used iron or wooden plows to which the rich Midwestern soil stuck, so had to be cleaned frequently. The smooth sided steel plow solved this problem, and greatly aided migration into the American Great Plains in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Tour Scotland Video Massey Ferguson T135 Tractors Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club Rally Strathmiglo Fife



Tour Scotland video of Massey Ferguson T135 tractors on visit to the Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club Rally at Corston Mill, by Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland. One of the events at the Fife Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club Rally. Massey Ferguson was founded in 1847 in Newcastle, Ontario by Daniel Massey, as the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufactory. To begin with it made some of the world's first mechanical threshers, at first by assembling parts from the United States, but eventually designing and building its own equipment. Daniel's eldest son, Hart Massey, renamed the enterprise the Massey Manufacturing Co. and in 1879 moved it to Toronto, where it soon became one of the city's leading employers. The massive collection of factories, consisting of a 4.4 hectares, 11 acres, site with plant and head office at 915 King Street West, now part of Liberty Village, became one of the best known features of the city. Massey expanded further and began to sell its products internationally. Through extensive advertising campaigns it became one of the most well known brands in Canada. A labour shortage throughout the country also helped to make the firm's mechanized equipment very attractive.

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Old Travel Blog Photograph Hairpin Bend Rest And Be Thankful Road Scotland


Old travel Bog photograph of a vintage car on a hairpin bend at the Rest And Be Thankful road in Argyll, Scotland. A stone commemorates the completion of this military road built by General Wade in 1750. The section is so named as the climb out of Glen Croe is so long and steep at the end that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top, and be thankful for having reached the highest point. The current road no longer keeps to the floor of Glen Croe but steadily climbs across the southern slopes of The Cobbler, on the north side of the Glen, to the highest point of the pass. The westward descent to Loch Fyne is through Glen Kinglas. At Cairndow the A815, the main road down the Cowal peninsula , south to Dunoon and finally Toward at the A815 roads end, both on the Firth of Clyde.

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Tour Scotland Travel Video Winter Drive Through Abernethy Perthshire To Whisky Distillery Newburgh Fife



Tour Scotland travel video of a Winter morning road trip drive East on the A913 road through Abernethy in Perthshire, on visit to where the Lindores Abbey Whisky Distillery is located on Abbey Road in Newburgh, Fife, Scotland. The earliest record of scotch whisky cited by the exchequer roll for 1494 is a commission from King James IV to Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey to make about eight bols of malt or 580 kg of aquavitae. The abbey is now the location of Lindores Abbey distillery.

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