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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Buffalo-Pitts: 1905

Buffalo-Pitts: 1905

There probably aren't many photos out there of a steam tractor on a railcar on a boat on ice. Here we see two brand-new Buffalo-Pitts steam tractors on a flatcar aboard the transfer steamer City of Detroit on the Detroit River in winter. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The item behind the tractors

This appears to be the tube sheet for a pretty good sized industrial or large heating boiler.


Is that a locomotive or industrial boiler behind the tractor on the left?

Progressive Farming

The company is no more but there is a website:

Before There Was Buffalo Springfield

Buffalo-Pitts was a predecessor company. Successors included Poco, Loggins & Messina, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

How Things Stack Up

It's like an industrial version of "Hop on Pop."

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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