The Man Behind the Books: C.H. Wendel's Passion for Antique Machinery
10 things you probably don't know about C.H. Wendel and his dedication to antique machinery.
Wendel the author, autographing American Gasoline Engines, widely considered the definitive resource for collectors of stationary gasoline engines. “I always enjoyed writing,” he says. “But I never made any attempt to be a good writer. I just wanted to be accurate and have a good grasp of grammar.”
Wendel the printer, trimming corners from parking tags produced at Printers’ Hall, a permanent exhibit at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Restored steam engines power some of the printing equipment.
A fan of Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ compositions, C.H. Wendel is equally charmed by the sound of a 110 hp Case steam engine passing by at a show. “There’s no other music like that in this world,” he says.