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IHC at the 1904 World's Fair


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Old 06-28-2019, 11:24:01 PM
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Default IHC at the 1904 World's Fair

The 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis had a substantial exhibit of mechanized machinery. IHC made its breakthrough in the engine field by displaying their newly built engines there.

Jeff Wahl forwarded me these photos and asked "could this be the engine you now have?" It could be but I doubt it. The question is how many of this style engine did IHC build? Hard to say but I doubt it was more than a few since only one is known left.

Wouldn't it be fun for us to hop in a time machine and attend the 1904 World's Fair, the Columbian Exhibit, the 1876 Centennial and other such events!
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Default Re: IHC at the 1904 World's Fair

Excellent homework! I'm a bit surprised that the large IHC portable doesn't have a corrugated cooling tank as shown in the earliest of the IHC engine catalogs that I'm aware of. On a side note...if we were able to utilize a time machine just imagine how spirited the bidding would be at engine auctions with today's knowledge and yesteryear's iron offerings!
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Wouldn't it be fun for us to hop in a time machine and attend the 1904 World's Fair, the Columbian Exhibit, the 1876 Centennial and other such events!
Over the course of my life, even as a kid, I had many people tell me that I am an "anachronism" and was born 100 or so years too late.

I couldn't agree more. Especially nowadays.

It would be awesome to go back and see things like that when they were "high tech".
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Excellent homework! I'm a bit surprised that the large IHC portable doesn't have a corrugated cooling tank as shown in the earliest of the IHC engine catalogs that I'm aware of. On a side note...if we were able to utilize a time machine just imagine how spirited the bidding would be at engine auctions with today's knowledge and yesteryear's iron offerings!
I noticed the portable in the background, too. There is a picture in CH Wendel's 150 yrs of International that shows an engine with a cooling tank about like that one (straight sides). There was a 12 HP restored with a cooling tank like this one that was on the front cover of GEM back in the '90's or so that I found awhile back, but it was a 1905 engine.

Still looking for a corrugated tank on a 6 HP for measurements to build one for my engine. Can anyone help me out?

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Default Re: IHC at the 1904 World's Fair

1904 Worlds fair was where my grand parents met. souviners are still found at many estate and yard sales in the area. One thing I see in that photo is that it is a Deering display. What year was the big merger?
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1902 I think
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1904 Worlds fair was where my grand parents met. souviners are still found at many estate and yard sales in the area. One thing I see in that photo is that it is a Deering display. What year was the big merger?
I believe 1902 was the year McCormick harvesting machine co. and Deering harvester co. were merged to form IHC. But they kept selling the same products under all the trade names until the US gov. put a stop to that in the mid 20's with an anti-trust lawsuit. Thanks for sharing those pictures, it would be fun to take in a few hours at that worlds fair!!
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What is the platform looking thing between the 2 engine?
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What is the platform looking thing between the 2 engine?
it's part of the swather/binder on the left side of the post.
it would set the grain or bundles off in a row.
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Default Re: IHC at the 1904 World's Fair

Found this a while back in the Oct. 1904 issue of "The Gas Engine" magazine. It mentions an 8hp and 14hp on display at the World's Fair. I'd guess the second one is a typo and was probably a 15hp, but who knows.
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You can find the full reference/article at: https://books.google.com/books?lr=&i...page&q&f=false
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I am not 100 percent sure but I think I know where there is a set of flywheels and crankshaft for an early IHC like this. About 15hp I think. In the middle of nowhere central northern North Dakota of all places. I was told I was lucky the property owner didn't shoot me when I stopped to have a look.
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