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Inside the December issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands Nov. 17

Blind man honored as a hall of fame restorer, first-time scale-model builder wins top prize, lifelong Allis-Chalmers love and more


Farm Collector December 2009 cover 


Blind Restorer Named to Hall of Fame — A blind southeast Kansas man collects and restores antique tractors using memory, touch and sound. The National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. recently named him to its hall of fame for his dedication to the hobby. Page 44


Scale-model Builder Wins Championship with First Try — A Stanchfield, Minn., man recounts how and why he created his first scale-model farm scene — which became the top prize winner at the 2006 National Farm Toy Show. Page 24


Indiana Man Builds Life On Allis-Chalmers Line — From his childhood days on the farm to becoming a mechanic, dealership owner and restorer, a Berne, Ind., man remains committed to Allis-Chalmers. Page 36


Putting Up Hay the Old-fashioned Way — A Radnor, Ohio, family uses antique McCormick-Deering equipment, a pair of horses and manpower to show how farmers mowed, raked and loaded hay before tractors did the work. Page 40


English Farm Maintains Look and Feel of Yesteryear — A 150-year-old family farm in the Welsh Mountains remains largely unchanged, including its restored working waterwheel, Ferguson tractor and more. Page 18


and much more …


About Farm Collector 

Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising.


About Ogden Publications Inc. 

Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.


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