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History of John Deere Colors?

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07-10-2009 20:56:27

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How did John Deere come up with the green and yellow rather than some other color?

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07-12-2009 05:06:13

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 Re: History of John Deere Colors? in reply to AAA, 07-10-2009 20:56:27  
i had heard that there were so many tractor maufactures back then that it took some doings to find a set of colors that wasn't being used.

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07-11-2009 16:48:27

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 Re: History of John Deere Colors? in reply to AAA, 07-10-2009 20:56:27  
I asked that same question to the JD dealer in Creston BC. He told me green for the crop and yellow for the harvest. I suppose this is only his theory but sounds good to me.

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Mike Aylward

07-12-2009 06:00:34

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 Re: History of John Deere Colors? in reply to jaydee, 07-11-2009 16:48:27  
I have an old advertisement that mentions the green and yellow being as familiar "as the green of cornstalks and the gold of ripened grain". The whole thing might have started because they got a good deal on a certain color of paint and the market liked it..:) Mike

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07-12-2009 07:15:28

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 Re: History of John Deere Colors? in reply to Mike Aylward, 07-12-2009 06:00:34  
I think Deere used some shade of green and yellow on the Dain tractor, as well as some red. Earlier plows used some yellow, red, and black as well, sort of like the early Van Brunt wood box drills. Mansur planters were red and cream. But...I think the tractor colors became green and yellow because that was the color combination used on the Waterloo Boy, the popular line that they bought in 1918. Now, I wonder, since the time frame of introducing the Dain tractor to the public was right about the same time or a few months later, that the Waterloo acquisition came about that maybe they chose to paint the Dain green and yellow, with a little red, after the fact, to ease it into acceptance.

Others say that the green and yellow combination was decided on earlier for implements, and long before the tractor experiments/development/acquisition, sometime from 1890 to 1910. The truth seems to be that not even Deere & Company knows. Guess it was lost in the board or committee discussions along the way.

A little bit of color discussion can be found in the "John Deere's Company" by Broehl.

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Charles Lendman

07-12-2009 08:42:46

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 Re: History of John Deere Colors? in reply to F-I-T, 07-12-2009 07:15:28  
F.I.T...did you take the picture of the Dain at Sycamore Ill show? Was a menber of the Northern Ill Stam Power club for 30yrs ..background looks like the Taylor Marshall farm,,,Charles

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07-12-2009 09:10:00

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 Re: History of John Deere Colors? in reply to Charles Lendman, 07-12-2009 08:42:46  
No, I just snipped from a site. Yes, that is the Sycamore Club's Dain.

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