Introducing the Ferguson Tractor
During a five‑year period from 1948 Denmark receives monetary and raw‑material aid from the United States under the European recovery programme designed to rebuild European economies. The programme is the Marshall Plan, named after US Secretary of State George Marshall. The funding aid enables hard‑pressed Danish farmers to buy new and better equipment, and in the post‑war years Danish agriculture is thoroughly modernized. The compact Ferguson tractor is particularly prized by Danish farmers, who quickly swap their horses and oxen for the reliable Fergie tractor.
The change is reflected in the Danish toy market. A look at the LEGO Group’s many wooden and plastic products from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s clearly shows that these products are inspired by social change and technological progress. So it is a natural step in the early 1950s for the LEGO Group to set up production of a Ferguson tractor in plastic. If Mom and Dad has a Ferguson, their children playing in the farmyard want one too! A range of implements is also available for the new toy tractor, including a cultivator and a plough, for hitching on the back of the tractor. These implements fit not only the plastic Ferguson tractor, but also the wooden tractors that are also part of the LEGO® products at the time.