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Silver King by yankeedog Silver King by yankeedog
I had never heard of Silver King Tractors, even though I grew up in a former farming and mining community north of Pittsburgh, called Harmarville, named for a Revolutionary War soldier, Joseph Harmar, lieutenant-colonel, commandant, First U. S. Regiment. We weren't farmers, but there was a farm behind my house, so it wasn't uncommon to see tractors and farm equipment. Because of that I've always had a fascination with farm machinery. One time I even helped the farmer put together a gang mower he was having trouble assembling. It was kind of cool for a city kid living in suburbia and still being close to a farm with cows and horses..., but growing up in Harmar, the kids from the other towns always called us "Harmar Farmers", they were all soon to find out that we were actually "Harmar Villains", but that's another story.

Anyway, I was doing research on Plymouth Locomotives and Silver King Tractors of Plymouth, Ohio came up in the search. Apparently Silver King was a really fine tractor in their time, the Cadillac of tractors maybe, they sure are cool looking. So this is dedicated to all the farmer and those that work the land.

Adobe Illustrator 8.0, Apple G4 Power Mac, OS 9.2
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Starfire612 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
this is really good! ya knok my grandpa owns a lot of silver kings and a plymoth tractor!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Do you have any photos?
-YD
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Starfire612 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
i dont have any on me right now but i'll get some soon lol
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Cool! I'd like to see them.
-YD
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
And what looks like the inspiration behind some of the concepts of the Ford 9N tractors from the 40s and 50s.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
I wouldn't be surprised. :-)
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I really like this drawing, the style seems like an advertisement out of that time period!

I don't think I've seen one with a whitewall front, but that is definitely a good touch, and I like that.

I'm a tractor nut, BTW.

The Silver Kings were built in Plymouth, Ohio which is about 30 miles or so away from me. They have a pretty big show every year.

The SKs weren't Caddys...they were relatively simple...but they were known for their amazing "road gears"...something like 40MPH I think. Thats scary on a tractor especially since most SKs were three wheelers. Most MODERN tractors don't go that fast!

Good work!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yes, that the style I was trying to get of a period style ad.

Yes, the whitewalls were some more of my artistic license.

Cool! I would like to do some more tractor illustrations, if you have any good reference, I'd really appreciate it. Also, when I was a kid, my dad had a tree business and we used to work for a guy who had a black tractor, I can't remember too much about it, but it was old and in mint condition. What company painted their tractors black?

That how I found out about Silver Kings, I was doing a search for Plymouth Locomotives and I found a site about Silver Kings because they were built in Plymouth, Ohio.

Maybe they weren't the Caddy of tractors, but they were a quality machines. I saw ads for those 3 wheelers, that seems like a farm accident waiting to happen. Anybody who has ever had to follow a farm tractor on a narrow country would surely appreciate a tractor that could at least do the speed limit, that's pretty cool! :-) Thanks for all the great info!

Please get back with me about that black tractor if you have any idea about what make it was.
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
The SKs were good quality (most farm equipment was back then!) but I was thinking "Caddy" as meaning high tech features.

The three wheeled SKs were common, a good majority of the tractors of the day were narrow front tractors (meaning a three wheeler, or two front wheels VERY close together (here's a pic example: [link]
(Not an artistic attempt, just a boring pic of mine!)

About the black tractor. Um, well, that is WAY too vague for me to even guess. The only tractors that I can think were regularly painted black were old steam engines. But if you can remember ANY details at all, I could try to figure out something? Rubber tires? Were the wheels a different color? Hand start? Type of fuel? What was it used for?

I'm a farm hick interested in antique tractors; I've got a few of my own, so I can try to help with anything.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Cool! From what I remember, it was painted black overall and had white lettering and rubber tires, the front tires were far apart like on the SK illustration. The wheels were either silver or white and the back wheels were dished in. They used the tractor for pulling a gang mower. I'm not sure what type of fuel it used, but I suspect it used gasoline. I grew up in a farming and minning community north of Pittsburgh in the Allegheny Valley. There was a farm behind where we lived. They had horses and beef cattle.
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Well, I was still stumped, so I posted on one of the antique tractor message boards that I use on a regular basis...

It might be a "Worthington" tractor. MAYBE? They were built in Stroudsburg , Pennsylvania, used mainly for mowing.

Trying googling for "worthington tractor" or "worthington mower" for some pics to see if anything matches. There were different styles.

I found a couple pics from the web (none were black, but they may have switched paint colors now and again?):

Early style: [link]

'Nother early style: [link]

Later style (about halfway down the page-the red one): [link]

Hope you can find something that sparks a memory! Let me know!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Those are pretty cool, but this one looked more like a traditional farm tractor, it was bigger and it had big back wheels and inner fenders, I don't remember it having any weights on the back wheels, it also had a typical steel tractor seat. This is the place it was at in Fox Chapel, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh: [link];PRM_MlsNumber=673007&;PRM_MlsName=Westpenn&VAR_AgentCode=31086&VAR_OfficeCode=001202
It had once been a farm, but they turned it into a bit of an estate. I was hoping that there was a shot looking into the barn, there is only a 3/4 view, I messed with the shot of the barn and it looks like might still be in there. I remember the owner, I think his name was Mr Chapman being very proud of the old gal. :-)
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
I'm out of ideas at this point. My only thought...could you make a rough sketch? I don't know if it would help, but it might be something? My email's on my profile.

I know a few Chapmans. Different family though!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
I've been searching on the net and the only type of tractor that looks similar to it is a Farmall, it's possible that they might have painted it black. I may contact the real estate agent and see if the tractor is still there in the barn. I notice the last comment I sent, the address didn't work right, here is the house [link]
-YD
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DLNorton Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Shit..how'de ya know I was a tractor fan? :D
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Cool! I guess I'm a tractor fan too. The whole time I was doing this, I was thinking about the tractor story from Sinefeld. :-)
-YD
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
This is such a nice illustration with intelligent use of silver and red colours! the manufacturing plate looks really cool.

I have also spent my childhood around farms, I can remember tractors from Fiat, International and some rare John Deere ones. As men, we all are into heavy machinery, I am inspired by industrial machines, always more interested in building bigger engines, whenever I see engine parts like that of CAT at machines shops, I have a desire to assemble them myself and see them operate. The stump pulling torque that these engines develop at such low RPMs.

- Ahmed Nayyer
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Ahmed! What would we be with out such machines? :-)
-YD
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cityofthesouth Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
yup, fun stuff ... always is and something different too
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It's a little departure for me, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.
-YD
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flying-polock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love your detail, your style, and especcially the brief history lesson in each work! As always, amazing!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Brian! I really appreciate it!
-YD
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AbdDevil Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Very interesting i like it
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Abd! This is a little outside my typical subject matter, but it was fun to do.
-Don
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426maxwedgie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
YES!!!!!! Silver King!!!!!! WAAAAYYY cool. I have a shot of a Silver King I'll upload for you later. :+fav:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional General Artist
Cool! Thanks!
-YD
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426maxwedgie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
You're welcome.
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