Double Feature Show: Dairy Collectibles and Hay Equipment
Dairy collectors and hay equipment fans join forces at joint show.
Dennis Nickerson with what he believes to be a one-quart Dandy churn. He recalls a similar model used in his home when he was a boy.
A corn spear from the collection of Jay Hankee, Viroqua, Wis. The spear (at the end of a long wooden handle) was used when the farmer was headed home from the field with a wagon load of corn. “When the load shifted and an ear or two fell off, the guy on the wagon could use the spear to pick up the lost ears without getting off the wagon,” Jay says. “This is from the days when an ear of corn meant something.”
Part of Keith Oltrogge’s collection of separator oil cans. These are from Massey-Harris in Canada.
A snowshoe for a horse, from the collection of Jay Hankee. “They probably just used them on the horse’s front feet,” he says.
Muck shoes, used on horses’hooves in muckland. These date to the late 1800s, and were displayed by New York collector Ron Bennett.
A salesman’s sample cow stanchion from the collection of Charlie Hahn, Neosho, Wis. Charlie also displayed a rare 2-gallon Red Wing lye crock. “When I see something odd,” he says, “if it’s in good condition, I’ll buy it.”
Keith Oltrogge with his display. At lower left, a Perfection milking machine sold by Massey-Harris Ferguson Ltd., Toronto, Canada. Top right: a rare Massey table-top separator.
A cream separator made by the Melotté company in Belgium from the collection of the late David Stralow. “He milked for 40 years and he collected everything related to the dairy,” says his wife, Linda, Sterling, Ill. “Butter churns, cream separators, milking machines, pails, stools, milk and cream cans, milker pumps, cream pails and kickers.”
Detail of the Perfection milker sold through Massey-Harris Canada.
David Evans with a few pieces from his collection of dairy items. At the back of the table are insulating sleeves used to keep bottled milk at the right temperature after delivery. At lower left, containers to hold cans of sweetened condensed milk, once a table staple. At lower right, an early fiber milk bottle. Such containers were produced as early as 1912. The metal box with the stork image (far right) is an ice cream mold.
Hay carriers displayed at the hay tool show.
Items on David Evans’ table display included a device designed to prevent cows from kicking while being milked (left) and a Conant Tail-Still (right), designed, as the manufacturer concisely notes, “to keep the cow’s tail still” while milking.
Antique bridle bits from the collection of Jay Hankee.
Steve Weeber, who hosted the combined dairy/hay tool show near Iowa City, Iowa, has an extensive collection of hay carriers and related pieces. Many are displayed in this building, which provided a quiet place for collectors to visit and compare notes during the show in June.