For Immediate Release
Leslie McManus, editor, (309) 207-0700,
Richard Backus, editor in chief, (785) 274-4383,


Inside the October Issue of
Farm Collector, on Newsstands September 16th


Banking on Common Sense — While most companies of the day solely used engineering specifications to build their tractors, Common Sense Gas Tractor Co. used practical experience to pair functionality with a safe, easy-to-use design. Page 24

Pulling Their Weight  — Counterweights proved to be key components of the vaneless windmill of the late 1800s, while today they are coveted pieces of folk art. Page 40

Backroad Barns — The iconic image of yesterday’s farms comes in a beautiful variety of shapes, sizes, colors and building materials, even hinting at the origin of the farmer who built it. Page 32

Family Heirloom — A Canadian man finds and rebuilds the last relic of his family’s farmstead a 1939 Minneapolis-Moline Model ZTS. Page 43

All Steamed Up — In the 1880s, Marion, Ohio, was home to two steam traction engine and grain separator manufacturers Huber Mfg. Co. and the Marion Mfg. Co. Page 36 

And 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. (, based in Topeka, Kan., is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Its brands include industry authorities Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, The Herb Companion, Capper’s, Grit, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, Motorcycle Classics and Good Things to Eat. In addition to its media portfolio, Ogden Publications offers a complete line of individual accident, health and life insurance and annuity products through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. Capper’s Insurance Service serves individuals in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.

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