Trucks & Heavy Equipment | 31 March 2016International Harvester Trucks: The Early Years Share article facebook twitter google pinterest When it comes to farming, the greatest and most useful technological advancement were the automobiles invented for work on the fields. Even the earliest harvester trucks, while in their most simple design, made a huge difference for those harvesting crops. Take a look at some of the earliest models, excerpted from International Harvester Trucks. A 1907 Auto Buggy shown here in a popular form, as a two-seater with storage in the back. Many farmers preferred this style of body because they could use it as a truck to haul crops to town and for picking up supplies. The 1910 Auto Wagon even offered flare boards for the pickup bed along with acetylene lamps for night driving. (Left) In late 1908 the company introduced a true pickup model when it unveiled the Auto Wagon (1909 model shown). Despite its more utilitarian roots, the Auto Wagon could still be used to carry folks in the back; all one needed to do was to place a quickly installed seat in the bed. Here we see a typical circa 1910 International dealer with an Auto Wagon on the showroom floor along with various farm implements. Farmers were the usual customers for early International vehicles because so many of the company’s dealers were located in farming communities, and the company had a strong reputation among farmers. One thing farmers loved about their Auto Wagons was the vehicle’s ability to take a beating and keep on working. In this photo, we see an obviously overloaded 1914 Auto Wagon being used to pick up supplies in town. Note the roll of wire fencing on the rear. Notice, too, the forlorn-looking horse tethered just behind it. Motorized trucks were beginning to take over the workloads of American farmers. This 1915 Auto Wagon boasts a cab top and flare boards, all ready for another day of work on the farm. The Auto Wagoncould not only haul a good amount of produce, it could also pull a loaded farm wagon like the one seen here, doubling or tripling itscarrying capacity. Here another hard working Auto Wagon is seen, this one a circa 1912 model with a fully enclosed body, though the driver sits outside with only a half top to shelter him. This particular truck was owned by the Bond Hill Auto Service Company. This 1916 model MA with a curtain side body, was owned by the happy proprietor of the Good Luck Grocery store, which can be seen in the background. In a curious bit of historical juxtaposition, astable stood next door. Shown here in beautiful color is a circa 1912–1915 International Model MW fitted with a useful and stylish van body. Such truckswere bought by many businesses because they offered fast, efficient, and dry delivery of goods. A beautiful picture of a 1916–1921 Model F with a light pickup body, fixed roof cab, and roll-down side enclosures. It took a really hardy man to drive a truck in the early days because so many of them were open to the elements; full cabs didn’t come into universal use until later. The Model MW, seen here fitted with a long pickup body and a folding cab top, was especially popular with farmer Here is a 1917 Model F fitted with a fruit wagon body, useful for hauling fruit to market where it could be used to display and retail the fruit to passersby. This was another popular International model. Note the bow ties the men are wearing: They had to look their best for customers! This photo, taken in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, shows a 1919 Model G towing a formidable load of timber. Another 1921 International, this one a heavy-duty Model G fitted out for coal hauling for the Alwart Brother’s Coal Company, Evanston, Illinois. Note the truck has a curved cab roof, side windows, and steel doors. Plastic side curtains would make the cab completely weatherproof. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Get the entire history of the best trucks on the road. The International Truck and Engine Corporation has built the trucks that have been a staple of both agricultural and industrial trucking for nearly 100 years. International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History tells the complete story of the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks, vans, and station wagons built by International Harvester during over a century of history, starting from the company’s early days, through its first truck model in 1907, and right up to the present. The focus is firmly on the trucks themselves including collectible machines such as the Travelall and Scout. Author Patrick R. Foster is one of the world’s premier transportation historians. His accessible writing style, illustrated with hundreds of never-before-seen archival photographs, makes this book the best examination of one of the world’s most prolific truck manufacturers. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.