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The Great Hudson River Cantilever Bridge at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - Adriance, Platt & Co., Poughkeepsie.


  • PUBLISHER: Published by the Adriance, Platt & Co., Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.A. No printers name given.

  • MEDIUM: Chromolithograph,

    DATE: Undated, c. 1889.

  • EDITION SIZE: Sheet size 27 3/4 x 21 7/8" (70.5 x 55.5 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: A fine advertising broadside for the farm equipment manufacturer Adriance, Platt & Co. The main scene shows Poughkeepsie, NY from across the Hudson with the newly completed railroad bridge. John P. Adriance (1825-1891) received his first patent for farm machines in 1852. He went into the wholesale hardware trade with his brother-in-law, Samuel R. Platt, and Samuel W. Sears under the name of Sears, Adriance & Platt. In 1854, that concern purchased the Manny mower patent for the New England states and began building the machine in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1857 under the name of John P. Adriance. Adriance acquired patent rights for the same territory for his mower. Honoring its roots in Ohio, he named the machine the Buckeye. He abandoned the Manny machine and moved the factory to Poughkeepsie in 1859. In 1863, Sears, Adriance & Platt was succeeded by Adriance, Platt & Co. In 1882, the business was incorporated and Adriance was elected president, a position he held until his death in 1891. Adriance, Platt & Co. limited itself to manufacture of horse-drawn farm machinery until 1913, when the company was sold to Moline Plow Co., Moline, Illinois.


  • CONDITION: Good condition and color.


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