For those of you who live, eat and breathe old iron, we are thrilled to deliver more of it. By the time you read this, a new feature on the Farm Collector website (www.FarmCollector.com) will give you immediate access to sheer tonnage of farm collectibles … in action.
Visit the site's home page and you'll see a link to YouTube. Click on that, and you'll be at the Farm Collector video index. There you'll find a selection of short video clips of tractors, engines and implements at work, as well as scenes from antique tractor shows, excerpts of vintage farm life videos and more.
For those of you unfamiliar with YouTube, it is a sort of virtual warehouse of video clips. They're short, they're unpolished (most are produced by amateurs) and they're addictive (like the potato chip, we're betting you won't be able to stop with just one). Some are entertaining; some educational - but in this category, each and every one is evocative of old days on the farm. It is one thing to look at a decades-old mower at a show; it is an altogether different experience to see it lurch across a field and hear it creak and rattle.
Some of the videos you'll find on the index are generated by our staff; others are created by collectors themselves. Want to share your clips? If you have a YouTube account, become "friends" with the Farm Collector index and use the internal messaging system.
We know you're not all fans of computers. While there's no way we can put a video in your magazine, we can show you the best shots of the 2008 show season. Nov. 1 is the deadline for our annual "Show Photos" issue. This will serve as last call for submissions of readers' favorite photos of people, equipment and demonstrations. We'll publish as many as we have space for. Please send original prints (but none will be returned) or high quality digital images. Polaroids, photocopies, prints made on plain paper and low-resolution digital shots simply will not work.
Provide names of people in the photos if you can, and tell us when and where the photo was taken, the name of the photographer and the show, and any other relevant information. Include your name, phone number and e-mail address and send your photos to Farm Collector Show Photos, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Whether you're online or in your easy chair, you can count on Farm Collector to bring you the best of farm collectibles!
Leslie McManus, Editor