For the collector who's "got it bad," rare finds are not enough. The hunt is not enough. Even a world-class restoration is not entirely enough. Scratch the surface of a truly obsessed collector, and you've found an individual who wants information and lots of it. He wants details on production dates and numbers, manufacturing, shipping, marketing materials, premiums, patents, and industrial design.
If that information is available, it generally turns up in a historical society or company archive. Neither is operated as a public agency, which means you might be allowed a peek, or you might not. Some archives have an "open door" policy; others are firmly closed. Some have personnel who try to assist with requests for information; others simply don't have the staff to support that kind of activity.
But for the true devotee, admission to an archive collection is a stunning experience. Documents, records, photographs, and drawings give immense insight into an organization's history. Samples of early equipment, experimental pieces, and patent models instantly clarify design developments. Exposure to information like that has a way of sliding the pieces of the puzzle together in an invaluable way.
Now, through a new venture at Farm Collector, you have unlimited access to our magazine archive. Every article, column, and department (complete with images) we've published in our first seven years is now available on CD — more than 400 articles on every conceivable category of antique farm equipment, at your fingertips! Just pop the CD into your computer, and a wealth of information awaits. It's easy: You can browse at your leisure, or search for something of specific interest. And no Internet connection is necessary!
The archive CD is the perfect solution for the new reader who'd like access to back issues that are no longer available … as well as for the longtime subscriber who faces the same problem. It would make a great Father's Day gift.
We've also beefed up our websites. Beginning in May, all classified ads and show listings published in Farm Collector will also appear on the websites of Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, and Steam Traction. Whether you're buying or selling, your options have tripled!
You asked for it, we delivered. Farm Collector is your source for information on vintage farm equipment!