The 'Bread Winner'

| April/May 2001

  • Farm and Ranch

  • Farm and Ranch

This interesting picture caught the eye of subscriber Robert R. Jessup of P.O. Box 118, Clarcona, FL 32710. He had spotted it in a copy of Farm and Ranch living. We were able to contact the owner of the postcard, Charles Zumalt of 1001 Ann Avenue, Waverly, Missouri 64096, who kindly loaned it to us. We'd like to know whether anyone out there has additional information on this curious 'Bread Winner' tractor.

This little crude oil traction engine built in two sizes Nos. 1 and 2, and operated by one man in plowing, has a capacity of about one acre per hour for engine No. 2, consuming about three gallons of crude petroleum at a cost of about 10 cents per acre. Engine No. 1 has about double capacity of No. 2. It is the only crude oil Traction Engine known and has eliminated about 90 percent of the trouble experienced in gasoline tractors by not having to use a Magneto, Dry Battery, Carburetor, Sparking Plug or heated iron plug for ignition. Does not use gasoline or other explosives.

Is adaptable to all kinds of farm work. Invented by C. R. Traxler, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.