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John Deere Collectibles

John Deere material is highly collectible, and nothing is more ubiquitous than their book, "The Operation, Care and Repair of Farm Machinery." It was published annually, with only a few exceptions, from 1927 until 1957.

The book came about when a John Deere advertising executive visited his home town high school in 1926, and discovered an instructor using John Deere wall charts to explain the design and construction of farming equipment. The Future Farmers of America and other agricultural organizations had recently been founded and agriculture classes were being taught in many high schools in the aggressively agrarian post-WWI era.

The company responded to the obvious need for a teaching manual by offering editions of 'The Operation, Care and Repair of Farm Machinery' free to teachers in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country.

Early editions featured horse-drawn equipment such as walking plows, and other early equipment such as grain binders. As time progressed, some of this material was dropped and features on balers, combines, and gas-powered tractors were incorporated.

The books are all designated by edition, but not date. According to the John Deere archives, the appropriate dates for editions are:

First Edition 1927
Second Edition 1928
Third Edition 1929
Fourth Edition 1930
Fifth Edition 1931
Sixth Edition 1932
Seventh Edition 1933
Eighth Edition 1934
Ninth Edition 1935
Tenth Edition 1936
Eleventh Edition 1937
Twelfth Edition 1938
Thirteenth Edition 1939
Fourteenth Edition 1940
Fifteenth Edition 1941
Sixteenth Edition 1942
Seventeenth Edition 1943
Eighteenth Edition 1944
Nineteenth Edition 1945
Twentieth Edition 1946
Twenty-first Edition 1947
Twenty-second Edition 1948
No edition 1949
Twenty-third Edition 1950
Twenty-fourth Edition 1951
Twenty-fifth Edition 1952
Twenty-sixth Edition 1953
No edition 1954
Twenty-seventh Edition    1955
No edition 1956
Twenty-eighth Edition 1957

The company ceased publishing the book after 1957.
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