My father-in-law Eugene (93 years old) driving my Cub in the 2014 Fowler (Michigan) Parish Picnic Parade. This photo is courtesy his brother Bernard.

The Farmall Cub was the smallest tractor manufactured by International Harvester (IH) under the Farmall, International, and McCormick-Deering names. Built 1947-1981 at Louisville KY, the first Cub was sold in June 1947, and cost $545. Cubs were also built for use in Europe at St. Dizier, France starting in 1955.

Farmall made 224,203 Cubs between 1947 and 1964; they became International Cubs in 1964. In total, over 245,000 Cubs were manufactured between 1947 and 1981. By units produced, it is the most popular small tractor in history.

The Cub was one of several IH models with the seat offset from the engine, allowing the operator to look directly at the ground under the tractor. Culti-Vision, as it was called, gave the farmer an excellent view of the row. The Cub was billed as the perfect machine for the small farmer, and a "chore boy" for the larger farmer. It had a 69-inch wheelbase, using a 4-cylinder gasoline engine. At 1600 RPM, it produced about 8 Horsepower at the drawbar, well above 1,200 pounds of drawbar pull.

My Cub was built in December 1947. It is 8'4" long, 4'5" wide, and 5'10" tall (top of muffler). It weighs 1,720 pounds (1,420 without the rear wheel weights).

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My cast iron IH Cub statue/paperweight, holding an "IH" logo. I have seen other versions of this cub holding a tractor instead.

4½" tall
Weighs 1.4 pounds

"Louisville" embossed on front base, "Jan. 1949" embossed on back base.

Note: I have some suspicions about the authenticity of this statue and of the Cub Cadet soldier statue frequently seen on eBay. Cast iron collectibles are often made to "look" old, but may actually be little more 10 years old. They also are not always made by the company represented. I would appreciate your thoughts about this (email me).

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Parts for old Allis-Chalmers, Case, Farmall, Ford, International, John Deere, whatever.

Handy Andy

A children's book written by Patricia Lynn. Published in 1953 by Whitman Publishing Company, Racine WI. One of their Tell-A-Tales Book series. Hard-bound, 5½" x 6½"

Inside the front cover, someone has written, "This book belongs to Barry Nye."

Whitman Publishing was formed in 1915. It became part of Golden Book Publishing in 1997, which then became part of DreamWorks Animation in 2012.

Vintage Photos

This website is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is supported entirely with private funds. My thanks to the Wisconsin Historical Society for many of these vintage photos from their McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection, and to the International Harvester Collectors Club, especially the International Harvester Collectors Chapter 37 Eastern North Carolina.