Farm tractors first appeared in a crude form
in the latter years of the nineteenth century.
They started to make a real impact on British farming during the First
World War when American examples were imported to help with the drive
to increase food production. These early types were comparatively inefficient,
unreliable and expensive for many farmers to have confidence in. By the
1930s, however, when this picture was taken, design improvements together
with cheaper manufacturing methods were taking effect and the tractor
became a progressively more familiar sight in the landscape. In the middle
of that decade, the first production tractors incorporating Harry Ferguson's
hydraulic system for attaching implements appeared and introduced a new
generation of tractor design which has continued on through to the present.