Collection Honors IH Legacy
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Small blocks are easy to find, and Butch has his share of those. Large blocks (used in production of newspaper and magazine ads) are more rare, but he has several. He’s inked some and printed the images on paper. “We’re going to use some to make into Christmas cards,” he says.
An IH TD-24 crawler necktie gets people’s attention. “It shows a crawler at long distance,” Butch says, “and in the middle of the tie are the caterpillar tracks, and then at the bottom, like it made a turn, it is pushing dirt along with the IH logo.”
“First-heat/last-heat” bookends or paperweights are a unique part of the Bjorklund memorabilia collection. These show production start and end dates for equipment produced at a selection of IH plants. “They’re kind of scarce. I haven’t seen any for a long time now,” Butch says.
Butch and Bev often take friends along to thresherees and farm shows, even if their guests are not big fans of old farming days. “We might get them interested in something, or we might just have a good time visiting with them and getting to know them,” Butch says. “Maybe they’ll find something they like or pass the word on to someone else who is interested.”
Meanwhile, Butch remains totally captivated by the hobby. “I’d like to know how things got going from day one with McCormick-Deering down until the end, how much progress was made, how things got better – or worse – and all the history involved in that,” he says. “I love IH stuff, I love toys, I love to have people come and enjoy our stuff, and I love talking with people.” The couple’s e-mail address says it all: firstname.lastname@example.org. FCFor more information: Butch and Bev Bjorklund, 3194 Meridian Ave N.E., Buffalo MN 55313. Bill Vossler is a freelance writer and author of several books on antique farm tractors and toys. Contact him at Box 372, 400 Caroline Ln., Rockville, MN 56369; e-mail: email@example.com.
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