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THE NEW MAJOR TAKES COMMAND

1958 FORDSON NEW MAJOR E1A

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The Fordson tractor line started in 1916 as another chip off the old Ford block. Henry Ford Company was dominating the American auto market with the legendary Model-T when the founder’s interest in agriculture led to a new tractor that embodied everything the Model-T stood for: simplicity, reliability, and low cost.

You Don’t Mess With Henry!

The new tractors might have been badged “Ford,” but some cheeky entrepreneurs in Minnesota preempted Henry by locking up the “Ford” name for tractors, thinking they could either capitalize on the growing Ford name recognition or force Henry to buy them out. They actually built some tractors, but they should have known better than to mess with Henry Ford. He called his new tractor the “Fordson” to foil the Minnesota usurpers, who quickly faded away. The name was a slurring of Henry Ford and Son Company, the name Henry chose in 1917 for his new tractor company.

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