Irrigation Tool From The 1940s Makes It Rain

A Blast From The Past:

The National Tube Company released its controlled rainfall product in 1941.

The National Tube Company released its controlled rainfall product in 1941.

In the September 1941 issue of Market Growers Journal (which later became American Vegetable Grower) the National Tube Company out of Pittsburg, PA, plugs its latest, cutting-edge technological development: “controlled rainfall.”

The add specifically touts that this type of irrigation was something “progressive” farmers across the country were doing, and seeing double or, in some cases, tripled yields as a result.

The company’s National Copper Steel Pipe promises to “resist the corrosive effects of alternate wetting and drying – and outlasts ordinary pipe to two three times at only a slightly extra cost.

Now if we could really control rainfall, that would be something.

Technology from more than 70 years ago was considered to be progressive, controlling rainfall.

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