Even Black And White Photos Of John Deere Tractors Are Cool

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Way before a trucker cap-wearing Ashton Kutcher ruined the brand name we thought old green-and-yellow John Deere tractors were just plain cool. You know what else is cool? A bunch of black-and-white photos of 'em. Here's a few.

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DISCUSSION

Just like the unending Ford vs. Chevy feuds, there's the green vs. red feuds. And I don't care much.

If you're into green, then you know that fewer things sound finer than a poppin Johnny ticking over while rolling through the first feathery frost of fall. If red's your bag, you're on the VW Beetle of tractors. At one time International Harvester utterly owned the tractor market, and everyone else was battling for a distant third.

Persian orange? Hey, if SAAB can claim to be born from jets, Allis can claim to be born from jet engines (steam powered turbines, actually). Or rock crushers, big ones. You choose.

How about grey: Fergies, or Ford back during the N series. The N series tractors introduced the three-point hitch on the all-purpose tractor, creating what we know today to be the Swiss Army knife of motor vehicles. Ferguson eventually hitched up with a Canadian builder to become Massey-Ferguson.

White: White absorbed Oliver, then got folded into Versatile, which itself got eaten up by Ford, which sold of its agribusiness to New Holland. Versatile kinda-sorta exists now in the form of Buhler, gigantic prairie schooners.

Some of this last might be a little off. Can't tell the players without a program.

Tractors rock, no matter the color. And as much fun as the pictures are, getting right up to it, running your hands over it, learning its quirks and strengths like a sturdy draft horse as part of a relationship, is so much more. You either love them, or you don't care.