Minnesota man treasures construction, farm-related watch fobs.
Gene Manfred is an enthusiastic collector of toys and watch fobs. He's shown here with a Caterpillar toy he's had since he was a boy, backed up by rows of pieces he's collected since.
The International Watch Fob Association commemorated the Allis-Chalmers B tractor in varying sizes of fobs in 1998.
A fob for the McCormick-Deering 10-20 tractor.
A rare group of fobs (left to right): Holt No. 1, Caterpillar 75, Caterpillar combine, Holt 10-ton and Caterpillar/Peterson Tractor Co.
A fob featuring an IHC crawler.
Some fobs contain interesting information on the back. "You can't beat the value of Caterpillar machines," reads this one.
This Hart-Parr watch fob was produced in 2001 for International Watch Fob Association members.
A rare and hard-to-find pair of Caterpillar enamel watch fobs.
This fob, produced for a 1998 Allis-Chalmers show, commemorates the Allis-Chalmers B tractor.
A steam engine was featured on the 2000 Midwest Watch Fob Collectors commemorative fob.
A pair of distinctive IHC watch fobs: Right, a gas engine is featured, and below, the IHC logo.
An IHC dozer is shown on this colorful fob. Fobs are made of many different materials, and often feature a variety of colors.
A portion of Gene Manfred's watch fob collection.
A group of Caterpillar fobs. Top row, from left: A Caterpillar dozer pushing a loaded wheel scraper, Caterpillar crawler-loader, Caterpillar wheel-loader loading a rock truck, old Caterpillar logo, Caterpillar dozer. Bottom row, from left: Caterpillar grader, Caterpillar 2-ton, Caterpillar push-Cat with a narrow blade, and Caterpillar D9G crawler.
This manikin, clad in bib overalls, shows how the watch fob is used.