The same year Jacobi Press was establishing his tailoring shop J. Press in New Haven, the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and the Deering Harvester Company combined to form International Harvester. That was 107 years ago and both companies persist today, although Press is owned by the Japanese and International Harvester is now known as Navistar.
International Harvester gained a devoted following recently with a group of retro-loving guys that fawn over the Scout (myself included). Taking the love of International one step further, the Wisconsin Historical Society has an amazing archive of truck images. I spent about five hours on their site looking through page after page of old school trucks. The styling of the International trucks is truly something of marvel. The way that each individual company would kit them out was really special. There is a specific image of a Coca-Cola truck in the below group that is really special. I’d like to get my hands on a couple of those old trucks, they just don’t do it like they used to.
Click an image below to enter the slide show and the button in the lower right will take you to full screen.
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