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Sweet, Chewy; Sometimes Nutty.

by Leslie McManus

Tags: simpler time, candy, bargain, escapism,

Between the economy and the weather, it’s been a brutal winter. If you find yourself in need of a little diversion from the news of the day, why not let Farm Collector help you travel back to a simpler time?

Just don’t confuse “simpler” with “easier.”

True, the farmer of 100 years ago didn’t have to worry about the price of propane. There was, of course, the matter of the wood stove’s voracious appetite. But a well-stocked woodpile represented nothing more than elbow grease – and that, likely as not, cost only time and a mild case of bursitis, which was covered not by a health plan but camphor-based liniment and a warm cloth.

Pipes didn’t freeze (no indoor plumbing), traffic didn’t snarl (people stayed home) and ice-coated lines didn’t go down (no electricity). Simpler, not necessarily easier.

Therein lies the beauty of this particular diversion. When you delve into the pages of Farm Collector and immerse yourself in another era, you can elude both the worries of modern life and the challenges of a less technologically sophisticated era.

Some call it escapism: I call it a bargain. And who doesn’t love a bargain these days?

Go ahead: Wallow in your hobby. Let Farm Collector be your own personal portal to the past. Lose yourself for an hour or two, as you consider a restoration project or chase parts through phone calls and e-mail.

Connect with the community: Chats with fellow collectors invariably shed new light on old things, and can be conducted face to face, by phone, mail or online.

Branch out: If you collect old engines, why not snoop around to see what kind of related paper collectibles are out there? If you’re a big fan of International tractors, why not learn a bit about the rest of the company’s line? The possibilities are endless.

And that’s just what Farm Collector delivers to you each month: an endless stream of stories about old iron and the people who – like you – love it. Reader Ted Bromage summed it up neatly (read his letter to the editor): “Your magazine has become like a box of chocolates,” he says. “I await each issue, then consume the stories one at a time each evening.”

Thanks, Ted – couldn’t have said it better myself!