Sounds like the best way to way to go is to check the business listings in phone books for the year you model in the towns you model and see what you find. Another
resource here in Iowa is centennial books – many towns and counties issued them in conjunction with their centennial. While finding centennial books in public libraries has been easy, finding period phone books has been challenging.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io]
On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 11:41 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] FARMALL TRACTOR DECALS
On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 11:58 AM, Nelson Moyer wrote:
With all this talk of tractor loads, I'm wondering if there were regional followings for either Farmall red or John Deere green. I remember seeing mostly red in Indiana in the 1940 and 1950 on visits to the grandparent's farm. With plants
in Moline and Waterloo, would John Deere be more prevalent in Iowa than Farmall?
Jim Ogden touched on this but let me add, it's more granular than that. It didn't really matter where the factory was - the factory could ship nationwide - that's why we see photos of tractors on flatcars. What really mattered is where
their distributors were. You're not going to see a flatcar load of green tractors spotted at the team track ramp of a town with only an IH distributorship. That would be red tractor territory. Farmers tended to buy what they could easily get serviced. No sense
buying a tractor from a dealer two towns over unless the price was really good. The overlap between territories has of course expanded as highways have gotten better, but that regionallity does still exist. Case in point, when I used to drive US 20 out to
Freeport every six weeks or so, I'd pass a New Holland dealer about halfway between Rockford and Freeport. That area is the only place I ever recall seeing New Holland equipment working the fields.