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"Vibrator" Thresher

Nichols, Shepard & Company stresses the motto “The leading grain saving, time saving, money making thresher of the day” throughout their entire booklet advertising the “Vibrator.”

They carefully point out that the technology they have invented to separate the loosened grain from the chaff, a series of lifting fingers, is superior to the competing “Endless Apron,” because it saves more of the grain from the straw pile.

Its versatility is also lauded; not only is it the best for handling wheat, oats, barley, rye, and buckwheat, but according to the company, it is the only machine that successfully threshes and winnows the more difficult flax, timothy, and millet.

Baker-Co., Cover of Nichols, Shepard & Co. Battle Creek, MI (8 5/8 x 5 ¾ in). Vibrator Threshers and Horse Powers. Chicago: Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co., 1876.
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Above: Baker-Co., Pages from Nichols, Shepard & Co. Battle Creek, MI (8 5/8 x 5 ¾ in). Vibrator Threshers and Horse Powers. Chicago: Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co., 1876. Below: Interior of the “Vibrator” from same publication.
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Nichols, Shepard & Company also claims that theirs is “the only Separator that can successfully handle all the grain that can be threshed by steam power.”

The illustrations accompanying the text make the machines appear as formidable as they are described to be. People stand on and around the “Vibrator” to emphasize its size, while the multiple angles offered to readers through the pages of the trade catalogue serve to flaunt the machine Nichols, Shepard & Company is so proud to sell.

 



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