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Many of us have heard the question, "Who is John Galt". If you have not heard of John Galt I recommend the book (or movie), "Atlas Shrugged".

Our question is, who was Brooks Stevens?
 

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Many of us have heard the question, "Who is John Galt". If you have not heard of John Galt I recommend the book (or movie), "Atlas Shrugged".

Our question is, who was Brooks Stevens?
Brooks Stevens drew up prototypes for Bolens.

Wilberj knows more about it than I do....
 

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Brooks Stevens was a very gifted designer. He worked for Studebaker and American Motors, i beleive. Not sure, but he may have had a hand in either the letter series Farmalls or the Letter Series Allis (WD, etc.)
 

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Well Done Doc and 88. WilberJ, where are you?

Brooks Stevens was an Industrial Designer and Graphics Artist. Stevens was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1911. Stevens designed everything from home furniture to kitchen appliances to the Miller Brewing Logo to the Studebaker GT Hawk. He is credited with the development of the idea of "Planned Obsolesce".

Stevens designed the Oscar Meyer "Wiener Mobile", engines for Briggs and Stratton and passenger rail cars and outboard motors, most famously the Evinrude "Lark" for OMC and motorcycles for Harley Davidson.

Where does this fit into Bolens you ask?

In 1960 FMC hired Brooks Stevens as the "External Designer" for the "Century Series" of tractors to be introduced in the 1962 model year beginning with the 600. Stevens designs lead the way from the "Ride-A-Matic" designs that had been the mainstay of Bolens since the 1940's and carried Bolens bold new designs through the 1965 model year.

Brooks Stevens died in 1995 at the age of 84.

Thank you Mr. Stevens for your vision and innovation!
 

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Wow he had many designs and in so many different things

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Wilberj was a the race track all night helping the BIL. :D

You have most of what I know. Were did you find your info?

Most off the tractors from the ek gk lk to the tube frame were his designs.

http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/18544-great-find/?hl= brooks stevens

Well Done Doc and 88. WilberJ, where are you?

Brooks Stevens was an Industrial Designer and Graphics Artist. Stevens was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1911. Stevens designed everything from home furniture to kitchen appliances to the Miller Brewing Logo to the Studebaker GT Hawk. He is credited with the development of the idea of "Planned Obsolesce".

Stevens designed the Oscar Meyer "Wiener Mobile", engines for Briggs and Stratton and passenger rail cars and outboard motors, most famously the Evinrude "Lark" for OMC and motorcycles for Harley Davidson.

Where does this fit into Bolens you ask?

In 1960 FMC hired Brooks Stevens as the "External Designer" for the "Century Series" of tractors to be introduced in the 1962 model year beginning with the 600. Stevens designs lead the way from the "Ride-A-Matic" designs that had been the mainstay of Bolens since the 1940's and carried Bolens bold new designs through the 1965 model year.

Brooks Stevens died in 1995 at the age of 84.

Thank you Mr. Stevens for your vision and innovation!
 

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While doing research last year I stumbled across the information that named Brooks Stevens as the "External Designer" for FMC, having been hired to help develop the tube frame series. Wikipedia has a good article and several others available via Google and Bing search. It does take some time and digging.
 

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this is some great info... love it
 
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