Album of black & white photographs relating to the product engineering and field testing of the International Harvester Gaston machines including cement mixers and 3-point linkage lifting boom attachments, taken between 1960-1963.
Part of a large collection of glass plate and film negatives, transparencies, photo albums, product catalogues, videos, motion picture films, company journals, advertisements and newspaper cuttings relating to the operations of the International Harvester Company and its subsidiaries in Australia.
The International Harvester Company of America was formed in 1902 by the merger of five leading American agricultural machinery manufacturers. An Australian subsidiary was established in 1904 to manage Australian distribution and sales and over subsequent decades International Harvester became a major competitor to local manufacturers like H.V. McKay's Sunshine Harvester Works.
Later International Harvester established its own Australian manufacturing works, producing agricultural equipment (and later tractors) at Geelong from 1939, motor trucks at Dandenong from 1952 and earthmoving and construction equipment at Port Melbourne from 1958. The company also operated a Product Engineering Centre adjacent to its Geelong factory and in 1961 established a Proving Ground at Anglesea for product testing.
Description of Content
Factory photographs of IHC toolbars taken 1966-1968
Red photograph album/folder with three metal ring binders and multiple yellow album pages. Black and white photographs are mounted to most pages, some are detaching.
Donation from International Trucks Pty Ltd, by Nov 1992
Printed in white ink on the spine of the album; 'GASTON / MACHINES / CONCRETE MIXER / JIB CRANE' Printed on a red label attached to the spine of the album; '41'
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