Farm Collector7 min de lecture
Letters To The Editor
It was neat to see Sam Moore’s article about Sears catalogue toys in the January 2021 issue of Farm Collector. What caught my eye was the part on Marx wind-up climbing toy tractors. I have been collecting and repairing them for more than 25 years. I
Farm Collector9 min de lecture
WHO DOESN’T Love An Orphan?
What makes an orphan tractor an orphan? Some say it’s the product of a company that failed; others say it’s a tractor whose parent company no longer exists. Either way, in the past century, as many as 900 tractor companies’ output today could be clas
Farm Collector9 min de lecture
Traveling BACK TO 1908 ARKANSAS DRUG STORE POSTCARD CAPTURES A MOMENT LOST TO TIME
I have probably told y’all this before, and I will probably say it many times more in the months and years to come, but there are times in my life when my feet itch. Life has seemed to have thrown me a curveball and I have a bit of trouble hitting th
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
A Testament to Craftsmanship
One evening I attended a mini-school on pumps held by one of our suppliers. An older fellow from a plumbing firm in Hull, Iowa, was there as well. During the course of the evening, he mentioned having a couple old pumps. He had been to our museum, an
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
WANTED: GADGETS, GIZMOS & CONTRAPTIONS APRIL MYSTERY TOOLS
The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are six sent in by readers. Do you know what they a
Farm Collector4 min de lectureAutomotive
Equal To The Test: former Workers Recall Excitement Of Early Firestone Test Operation
Last month, we talked about Harvey Firestone and his efforts in the early 1930s to put farm tractors and machinery on rubber tires. Much trial, error and rigorous testing were necessary to find the best tire and tread design. The bulk of this testing
Farm Collector6 min de lecture
Recommended Products For The Vintage Farm Collector
Best Seller! From start to finish, Peter Rooke’s revised, easy-to-follow narrative will impress and educate both new and experienced hobbyists with exhaustive coverage of the process. In 112 pages, Rooke meticulously leads you from stripping an engin
Farm Collector5 min de lectureAutomotive
Big Fergie
By 1950, the bloom of the post-war tractor boom was fading. With the Korean conflict came material restrictions that favored the larger implement producers. Harry Ferguson was desperate to keep his operations afloat, what with Henry Ford II backing o
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
An Old Soul’s Parting Words
Aware that for many of you Farm Collector is a magazine offering escape from today’s world into a time that exists only in memory, we have done our best to keep the global pandemic out of it. Certainly the logistics of show schedules and mail deliver
Farm Collector3 min de lecture
Answers To february Mystery Tools
A. Valve grinder (or lapper). Identified by Joe Peshek, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Virgil Cassill, Drakesville, Iowa; Robert C. Wiseman, Charleston, Ill.; John E. Jensen, Knoxville, Iowa; Marvin Koester, Deshler, Neb.; Jim Sekavec, Hoisington, Kan.; Loren L
Farm Collector4 min de lecture
Answering The Call Of The Wild
Aburley former Army drill sergeant was at my son’s repair shop asking for help repairing a tire. Sitting outside was a small motorhome. I asked him when he got the motorhome. “Well,” he said, “I figured it was about time to take my granddaughters up
Farm Collector1 min de lectureComputers
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ATTENTION: SPECIAL OFFER! Unlock expert advice on how to navigate the world of antique machines in the pages of Farm Collector! We explore the unique origins of the tools, tractors, and mechanical devices that shaped the trajectory of the internation
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SHOWS & SPECIAL EVENTS
July 8-11, 2021 Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association 47th Annual Reunion and Show. Featuring: Mid-Century Muscle Tractors, all brands 1950-1970 and Fairbanks Morse Gas Engines. Show grounds located 5 miles north of Easton, MD on US Route 50, between mi
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Farm Collector
Landon Hall Group Editor Leslie C. McManus Senior Editor Christine Stoner Associate Editor Carolyn Lang Art Director Jenifer Davidson Advertising Coordinato Tonya Olson Digital Content Manager Brenda Escalante escalante@ogdenpubs.com Newsstand: Bob C
Farm Collector5 min de lectureAutomotive
Sweet Memories
Country kids have fond memories of summer visits to their “city slicker” friends, in part because of ice cream trucks. When the ice cream truck arrived in a neighborhood, signaled by music broadcast over a loud speaker, play time stopped and everyone
Farm Collector2 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Rare Pair Is At Home On The Range
Incredibly, a pair of rare tractors – including one that’s a family tractor – has ended up in the same collection in southeast Kansas. The tractors were built between 1917 and 1919 by Indiana Silo & Tractor Co. (formerly known as Star Tractor Co.), A
Farm Collector5 min de lecture
Steam SCHOOLS
An important and essential component of the steam engine hobby in the U.S. experienced significant disruption in 2020, when steam schools across the country were cancelled by the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In the new year, organizers are optimisti
Farm Collector4 min de lectureAutomotive
First Day ON A john Deere Model A
I was only 11 when I first drove a John Deere tractor. It was the summer of 1956. We were in a hay field on our farm, picking up bales with a wooden slide. The tractor pulling the slide was a 1936 John Deere A that belonged to our neighbor immediatel
Farm Collector6 min de lecture
Farm Collector
From start to finish, Peter Rooke’s revised, easy-to-follow narrative will impress and educate both new and experienced hobbyists with exhaustive coverage of the process. In 112 pages, Rooke meticulously leads you from stripping an engine through reb
Farm Collector1 min de lecture
SHOWS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Apache Junction, Arizona, March 13th, 2021. Rodeo Park (located on Lost Dutchman Boulevard between Idaho and Tomahawk roads) Sponsored by Arizona Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. Tractor Parade and Pull. Antique gas engines display and d
Farm Collector1 min de lecture
Farm Collector
Landon Hall Group Editor Leslie C. McManus Senior Editor Christine Stoner Associate Editor Amanda Barnwell Art Director Jenifer Davidson Advertising Coordinator Web and Digital Content Tonya Olson Digital Content Manager Advertising Director Brenda E
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
Prepare For A Downpour
Welcome to Farm Collector’s annual show photo issue! Do you have a tissue handy? A lot of you folks put up a tough front, but underneath it, I suspect many of you are just plain old softies. Sentimental, like me. Based on my experience in the past fe
Farm Collector5 min de lecture
Letters To The Editor
I was just explaining to a visitor how we used the cable system of hayforks and a sling to put up loose hay in our barn. I concur with Curt Strum (Farm Collector, Letters to the Editor, December 2020) about placing the dropped load to lessen pitchfor
Farm Collector1 min de lecture
Sprouts
Liam Pripps, 10, is this month’s featured artist. The son of Tyler and Elizabeth Pripps, Marine on St. Croix, Minn., Liam will receive a Farm Collector T-shirt: Congratulations, Liam! Have a budding artist in your family? Send your kids’ or grandkids
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
Wanted: February Mystery Tools
A Tool measures 11 inches overall; shaft measures 5 inches. When handle is cranked, it spins half a revolution backward and then a full revolution forward. Changeable bits; not sharpened. B Piece measures 24 inches overall with an 18- by 3/4-inch pip
Farm Collector4 min de lecture
Homegrown
The industrial base of Salem, Ohio, where I long lived, is today a pale shadow of the booming factories, foundries and machine shops that once crowded along the railroad tracks at the southern end of town. Long-forgotten firms with names such as Buck
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
On With The show
In a year like no other, antique tractor and engine shows tumbled like dominoes as the agonizing decision was made to cancel one after another after another. And yet, there were outliers: Some clubs found a way to forge ahead. In the following pages,
Farm Collector2 min de lecture
WANTED: GADGETS, GIZMOS & CONTRAPTIONS
The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are six sent in by readers. Do you know what they a
Farm Collector4 min de lecture
Visions Of Sugarpums (and The Sears Catalog)
How many of you remember the anticipation, and the agonizingly long wait, after your mother sent in an order to Sears, Roebuck & Co. or Montgomery Ward & Co.? The Christmas season makes me think of the wonderful Sears & Roebuck “wish books” full of t
Farm Collector5 min de lecture
A Winter to Remember
“Population density” isn’t a phrase that is associated with rural America. In metropolitan areas, many people live close together. I’ve read that some skyscrapers in New York City have their own zip code. Out in the country, statistics indicate that
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