The antique steam traction engine hobby, past and present.
|Enjoy the glory days of steam farming with Songs of the Iron Men – a 12 song audio CD of original music by editor Christian Williams based on poems originally submitted to Iron-Men Album in the 1950s. Listen to one of the songs on Christian’s blog, The Water Hopper.
Hosted by Max Armstrong and featuring the International Harvester Co. 1915 Mogul and 1917 Titan tractors magnificently restored by C.H. Wendel and Mary Kelch. Other classic tractors include: 1940 Silver King R-38, 1958 John Deere 420V, 1940 Ferguson TO-20, 1958 Massey-Ferguson 35 Deluxe, 1953 Cockshutt 20, 1939 Farmall F-20, 1936 John Deere DI, 1954 Oliver 66 Diesel, 1940 Farmall H and Number 8 Little Genius Plow, 1958 Minneapolis-Moline 2 Star Crawler, 1962 Allis-Chalmers D-15, 1959 John Deere 630 and Model 227 Cornpicker, and a 1956 Case 400 High Clearance. In addition, this video has a feature segment on the Classic Tractors Calendar Club's 15th reunion at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association's "Back to the Farm Reunion" in Boonville, Mo. 2004. Run time: 75 minutes.
"Our mail order methods meet many wants," wrote a poetic but anonymous copywriter on a page of the 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. catalogue. He had a gift for understatement. At its zenith from the 1880s to the 1940s, Montgomery Ward, like its cross-town Chicago rival, Sears, sold virtually everything the average American could think of or desire—and by mail. This was a revolution, and Ward's fired the first shot. To buy spittoons, books of gospel hymns, hat pins, rifles, wagons, violins, birdcages, or portable bathtubs, purchases that used to require many separate trips to specialist merchants, suddenly all the American shopper had to do was lick a stamp. This unabridged facsimile of the retail giant's 1895 catalogue showcases some 25,000 items, from the necessities of life (flour, shirts) to products whose time has passed (ear trumpets). It is an important resource for antiquaries, students of Americana, writers of historical fiction, and anyone who wants to know how much his great-grandfather paid for his suspenders. It is a true record of an era.