Early Samson Story In Ads

| October/November 1988

William Rees of Evergreen Farms, Franklin, Illinois 62638 sent us copies of two Samson tractor ads from the December 1918 and January 1919 copies of Power Farming. It is interesting to note how the artist's rendering has changed in one month's time, and Rees conjectures that the December ad must have been one of the first for the model M tractor.

The three artist's renderings of the Samson tractors:

The earlier ad boasted that the $650 tractor would be capable of pulling two 14 inch plows at all times- three 14 inch plows under favorable conditions. 'The Samson will not kick up front or rear-just pulls, pulls, PULLS.'

In the January ad, the firm reprinted a letter and information blank they were sending out in response to the 'thousands of inquiries' they received from the first ad.

'We don't want you to buy a Two-Three Plow Tractor if it would be to your advantage to buy a Three-Four Plow Tractor. If your farm is better adapted by reason of acreage, crop rotation or soil conditions, to the Three-Four Plow type, we want you to have it,' the letter reads. It then makes note that a Three-Four Plow Tractor (Model A) has been designed, is being tested and will be offered to the public in a few months at a price in the neighborhood of $900.

'We do want you to investigate and (regardless of any high powered, land breaking tractors that you may buy or own) purchase a Samson (Model D) light, high frame, direct drive tractor, for which we are now taking orders. Price $450.'