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tractor 1 This vintage private photo postcard features a happy couple posing with a Hanomag diesel farm tractor. The man and woman are both smiling and appear to be having a good time. The tractor has headlights; probably to allow it to travel on dark roads. I’m not so sure if a farmer would ever plow at night. The gentleman in this photo may be a farmer, but he certainly isn’t dressed like one. The tractor looks suspiciously like an automobile. However, back wheels of this vehicle leave little doubt that it is a tractor, and not an auto. Hanomag (Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG) was the German manufacturer of the tractor in this image. The company, based in Hanover, produced tractors, steam locomotives, trucks and military vehicles since before World War I. In fact, the company began in 1835. In 1925 they began manufacturing automobiles. In 1928, the company began producing diesel tractors, such as the one seen in this photo. The company was purchased by the Japanese firm, Komatsu, in 1989. On the drivers side of the vehicle, near the steering wheel, are the words “Peter Reiter, Dachau”. I believe, though can not confirm, that “Peter Reiter” was a agricultural machinery dealer in Dachau, Germany. Many people’s first impression upon encountering the name “Dachau”, immediately associate it with the concentration camp built there by the Nazis in 1933. The word “Dachau” brings up horrific images and thoughts. Dachau is a town in Germany. It is located in Upper Bavaria in the southern part of the country. It is twelve miles northwest of Munich. This photo postcard measures about 5 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ and is in good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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