Antique Advertising Tractor Umbrella Vintage Sign Americana Boston Farm Merchant
This is a circa 1915 Advertising tractor umbrella. These were also used on the street vendor/peddler carts. The antique advertisement is for John Shea who were jobbers of farm seeds, hay, feed, and livestock, and each of the 4 white panels is different.Research shows as far back as 1907 placing him in the Lawrence, MASS area. This umbrella has wear as you can see in the photos, and remember that I can not possibly point out and photo every minor flaw in it. Pics 4, 7, 8 & 9 shows holes and a tear. If you look at the photos you will see the overall condition.
This umbrella still opens up and locks into place. Each of the folding arms has a small little bracket that attaches to the metal frame of the umbrella and it slides along as it is opened and closed. Pic 6 shows one of those small little brackets is broken and an old piece of wire is keeping it attached to the frame. Essentially, so it doesnt fall away when opening and closing.You will need to guide this along as you open and close it, but once open it is fine. There are some holes and tears as you can see in the photos. There is dirt & discoloration spots in random areas from usage and moving around in storage over the last 100 years as you can imagine. I have tried to show very detailed pics of all of the panels the best I can. A nice piece of early Americana that is definitely not easy to find. I have always treated this Umbrella as a display piece just like a sign, and this should be handled with care. I dont think I would be taking it to the beach any time soon. Large umbrella stands 67/68 inches tall (5 feet & 6 inches). It must be a physical address.
- Date of Creation: circa 1920
- Type of Advertising: Street Peddlers Advertising Umbrella
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States