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First-Hand Look at a Salesman’s Sample Collection

Photo by Loretta Sorensen

The December 2016 issue of Farm Collector featured an article by Loretta Sorensen about salesman’s samples. We saved the article and just recently returned from northeast Indiana. One of the highlights of our time there was seeing Ervin Chupp’s amazing collection on display at E&S Sales in Shipshewana. What a way to shop for produce and take in a “museum" tour! It was even more than we anticipated. In retirement, we enjoy seeing more of these United States. There are so many hidden treasures and wonderful people. Thank you, Farm Collector, for so many interesting articles. FC

Vince and Louise Bogard, Tillamook, Oregon

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Eyewitness to Snow Cruiser's Cross-Country Trek

snow cruiser

I really enjoyed Sam Moore's column on the Snow Cruiser. With the route mentioned in the column, I knew immediately that it had passed through my hometown of Alexander, New York.

My mother, Stella Peck, grew up in Alexander, where she still lives. She is 91. I sent the article to my brother, who lives near Alexander, and asked him to show Mom. She had indeed seen this machine.

In 1939, she was in seventh or eighth grade. She attended school in Alexander's Cobblestone School (today that building is on the National Register of Historic Places). She said the whole class walked out to the highway, about one-half mile, and were able to look at the machine. Apparently the cruiser stopped in small towns to show off the wonder. Mom said Route 20 was a new highway back then and the machine did pretty much fill the road.

— Dave Peck via email

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International Harvester Manure Spreader Model?

Harvester Manure Spreader

I have previously identified my treasure as an International Harvester manure spreader built about 1913. I am hopeful to restore it by 2020 for use as a July 4 parade float filled with political candidates.

My research suggests it is an International Harvester product, but I can't tell if it's a Low Cloverleaf or Low Corn King model. I know that IHC bought the Cloverleaf company in 1905, but I don't know the origin of the Corn King name. Their paint is completely different, with the Cloverleaf being primarily green and the Corn King being red. Both have yellow iron wheels, though I've seen sales brochures showing black iron wheels.

I'd appreciate any assistance in determining which model this is, so I can restore it correctly.

Erick Egger, 42360 CR 46, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487;
(970) 879-5128; email:

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Cartoon Sparks Childhood Memory


The "Memories of a Former Kid" cartoon in the October issue of Farm Collector reminded me of one of my earliest memories of riding in a car with my dad. He had a Model A Ford coupe and I couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old. We were going somewhere, just the two of us I believe, and as he drove down the main street of our town, the front wheels began to shimmy violently. Dad became very upset: I'm not sure if he was embarrassed or what, but he was mad! Funny how that brief memory has stuck in my mind for more than 80 years! Probably because Dad so rarely ever became angry with anyone or anything.

— Sam Moore, Salem, Ohio

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Wowed by September Issue of Farm Collector

September 2018 Farm Collector coverI am a relatively new subscriber to your great magazine, so after reading the September 2018 issue I felt I had to write in to give the authors, staff and editors some deserved kudos.

It all started with the front cover photo and title "One of a Kind" Minneapolis-Moline UDLX Comfortractor article. I grew up on a farm in Nebraska in the 1950s and was quite familiar with, and enjoyed driving, our 1948 IH Model H tractor at only 9 years of age (don't worry, Mom didn't know I was driving the tractor) but when I saw the Comfortractor photo, I knew Dad missed out on this one. By the way, great article, Robert N. Pripps.

Then I was fascinated with Sam Moore's column on the Snow Cruiser built for Byrd's third Antarctic expedition. Another well-written and well-researched article that was both educational and interesting. Thanks, Sam Moore.

Bill Vossler wrote about a tremendous trio of Ford Industrial tractors that I had no clue existed: Nice job, Bill. And now we know where the idea of the combine came from, after reading the "Stubborn Genius" article by Leslie C. McManus, lots of investigative work went into that informative article. Thanks for the hard work, Leslie. And to top if off, what can you say about the beautiful Welsh horses! Wow.

I look forward to the next issue and the opportunity to keep learning about things from the past.
— Bill Kolm, editor, The Gristmill, a publication of Mid-West Tool Collectors Assn.

Editor's note: Thanks for your kind words, Bill. Farm Collector is fortunate to have a great team of writers — and readers. I would be remiss not to acknowledge, again, the contributions of longtime subscriber Richard Stout and his granddaughter, Ashley, who did the heavy lifting in researching the inventions of George W. White, the "stubborn genius" at the heart of an article in the September issue.

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Get Those Show Photos Ready!

best of show

Don't miss your chance to share your photography with the readers of Farm Collector! Deadline for our annual show photo issue is Nov. 1. Send your favorite photos from the past show season: We'll print as many as we have space for in our February 2019 issue.

With each photo, please send as much detailed information as possible, including make and model of equipment; names of identifiable people; name, date and location of the show. Please include a phone number and email address so we can contact you if we have questions. Photos of children under age 18 can be published only if accompanied by a release signed by the child's parent; contact us if you need a release form.

Need more information? Please call us at (800) 682-4704. Send good quality prints (no photos from home printers will be accepted) to Farm Collector Show Photos, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Email high-resolution digital images to

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Photo Caption Misidentified General Tractor

I enjoyed very much the story featuring Robert Lefever in the August issue of Farm Collector. There is, however, an error that others may have already pointed out. Below the inset about the Hoke tractor is a picture of a General tractor made by the Cleveland Tractor Co. It apparently has no relevance to the Hoke tractor but admittedly there are similarities. The General is a 2-cylinder tractor and was featured in the February 2003 issue of Farm Collector.

— Garrison "Doc" Brown, Eastville, Virginia

Editor's note: Thanks for the note, Doc! You are correct: The photo was misidentified. Here's an image of a Hoke, easily identified by the letter "H" on the gas tank.

Misidentified tractor

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