- John Deere named one of the best global brands
- John Deere Iowa factory celebrates its 100th anniversary
- John Deere encourages children to carry on the tradition of farm life
- University expansion gives John Deere the chance to gain a new facility
- Illinois students become familiar with the most up-to-speed farming equipment
- A tractor museum in North Dakota features unique John Deere tractors
- John Deere antique clock keeps tabs on the company's dedication to farm life
- High school agriculture students get a sample of groundbreaking equipment
- John Deere plays its part in Perryville's Old Timers' Day event
- Renovations are being performed in Moline to maintain the John Deere heritage
Posted by Green Fun Store on 4/12/2011 to History of John Deere
Although there is no official evidence, rumor has it that John Deere toys (made with tin) were sold by small venues during the 1920's, merely a few years after the first full-sized tractor was manufactured.
During the World War II era, accounts of the toys had died out because of the rations on items like tin and aluminum. Immediately after the war, demand for toys increased along with the Baby Boom. In 1946, a man named Fred Ertl made his first tractor replica from aluminum. Years later, his second attempt turned out even more authentic with miniature tires that were actually made of rubber. Eventually, Fred and his son struck a deal with John Deere in order to manufacture their family's product on a larger scale.
Since then, John Deere accessories and replicas have become as reputable as the products they imitate - appealing to children and adults around the globe.