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Inside the January issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands Dec. 13 

January 2012 Farm Collector cover 

Antique Threshing Machines Restored to Working Condition A Minnesota collector painstakingly restores a circa 1910 Wood Bros. Humming Bird threshing machine and Farmers Friend straw blower to working condition. 

Mid-Michigan Club Puts on True Working Show — At the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Assn.’s annual gas tractor show, adults and children alike participate in tractor pulls and threshing demonstrations, and they make brooms, tin goods and wooden handles using antique tools and techniques.

Manuals and Memorabilia at Heart of Collection — A retired farmer in Ohio stays connected to the land through his collection of more than 15,000 equipment manuals plus equipment literature, pocket ledgers, advertising and promotional pieces.  

Auburn Engine Proves Great Finds Still Possible When an Idaho collector finds a rare 1928 Auburn straight-8 engine abandoned, it doesn’t take much to get it going again, and the payoff puts money in his pocket.

Hot Air Engines Found Quiet Success — Invented in 1816, hot air engines provided silent power for everything from pumping water on small farms to providing air for church organs and powering toys, fans and retail novelty displays. 

About Farm Collector  
Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising.

 About Ogden Publications Inc.  
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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