The front (above) and back (below) of a Parr Wagon Co. product brochure shown in its original size. Inside, the brochure touted the strength of the Parr's axle, claiming a Parr on 4-inch Peerless axles had carried a load of 24,000 pounds. A specific guarantee stated that any Parr wagon that couldn't carry its rated load would be repaired free of charge for one year.
Some interesting mail comes our way on a pretty regular basis, including a recent letter along with an original copy of the product brochure shown here. Reader Donn Marinovich sent the brochure, telling us, 'I know this may be slightly before the time of the first gas engine, but I found several of these little adverts for the Parr wagon in a pile of early Fuller & Johnson engine brochures.'
Wagon manufacturing was big business at the turn-of-the-century, given the obvious fact that wagons were a necessary accessory for just about every farmer in the country. Simple and robust pieces of equipment, wagons were easy to construct and were built by literally hundreds of small - and large - manufacturers throughout the U.S. The Parr Wagon Co. of Greensburg, Pa., was obviously one such firm, but it's unknown when the company started or how long they survived, as references to the firm are non-existent. This surviving product promotion suggests it was a thriving concern at one time, and we'd be curious to know if any Parr wagon products have survived into the 21st century.
Special thanks to Donn Marinovich, P.O. Box 4173, Sonora, CA 95370, for sending in this fine reminder of farming's past.