For Immediate Release
June 9, 2009
Leslie McManus, editor: 309-207-0700,
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: 785-274-4304,


Inside the July issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands June 23
How Ertl changed farm toys, the Square Turn tractor, hand-built steam engines and more


Ertl Ushers in New Farm Toy Era — A new era of mass-market toys begins when Fred Ertl Sr. casts his first scale-model aluminum tractors in 1945. Part 2 of two-part series. Page 16 

The Square Turn Tractor — The rare Square Turn tractor, the only tractor manufactured in Nebraska, features smooth handling, an innovative transmission and added power. Page 24 

Hand-built Steam Engines Remain a Machinist’s Legacy — A Radnor, Ohio, man owns two of the three Pence steam engines hand-built by Harold Fleisch. Page 32  

One Man’s Junk — An Iowa man’s trailer-mounted display of gas engines showcases a selection of rare pieces, which makes it hard to believe that he found some of them in junkyards. Page 38 

and much more … 

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, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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