Field Notes


Giant Fertilizer Distributor Makes a Comeback

fertilizer distributor

This fertilizer distributor was bought at an auction in Elbert County, Georgia. It was built by K-P in Columbus-Savannah, Georgia, and was patented July 31, 1900. K-P named it The Giant. I took it apart, sanded all the metal and painted it. Some of the lettering on the box is still legible.

Wayne A. Beggs, Lincolnton, Georgia


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Raising the Bar for Tractor Collectors

sears economy tractor

I enjoyed the Sears Economy tractor article in the July 2018 issue of Farm Collector magazine. John Baum certainly has raised the bar for tractor collecting and the way he displays them at shows. His efforts are appreciated by Sears Economy tractor owners, restorers and those folks who've just discovered the Sears Economy tractor. At shows John does a great job "teaching" about the tractors and is always around to discuss the differences and common features regarding each tractor.

Dave Elmore, Newark, Illinois


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Remembering Grandma’s Washer

maytag washer
A selection of antique washing machines from the collection of Lee Maxwell near Eaton, Colo.

Back in the April 2018 issue of Farm Collector, there was a nice article on Patrick Everett's Maytag washer collection. He said, "Most of the stories are lost or forgotten over time." How true — unless you lived through that time.

Back in 1949, my grandmother Allen bought a new Maytag J2 washing machine with the famous Maytag 72 twin-cylinder engine. It was bought in Winsted, Connecticut, from Park Place Hardware and Appliance.

maytag washer

She lived in a house that had a walkout basement and she had a washtub sink. The Maytag washer was in the room and she would have the long exhaust hose go out a partially opened window into a bucket of water.

I loved to watch her do her wash and sit by the washer. She always did two loads and it was a thrill for me at age 15. She used it until 1965 when she died. It makes me sad to know the washer went to the dump in running condition. I am so lucky to have the manuals and paper to this wonderful memory.

maytag washer

I would greatly enjoy seeing pictures of all gas-powered washing machines. Maytag washers are the most plentiful and popular, but I would like to see others as well. Briggs and Stratton made many models of stationary gasoline engines specifically for washing machine use.

William Rogers, Hannacroix, New York


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Like Clockwork on Wash Day

A reader shares his wash day childhood memories.

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I can still see and hear my mom call my dad and say, “Joe, come start this confounded washer” when she could not get enough kick to start the Maytag engine. It only happened every week on wash day.

Jim Glascock, Cedar Grove, Indiana

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Taking Pride in Farm Work

A reader shares memories of working on the farm during his childhood and teenage years.

farmwork

I want to congratulate you on Robert Pripps’ article in the March 2018 issue of Farm Collector. I am 83 years old and was raised on a small farm in Lawrence County, Indiana. My dad farmed with horses. In 1946, he died at age 52 of complications from a ruptured appendix, something that would never happen today.

I can remember going with him to some of his threshing jobs. I helped sack wheat some. My dad took his team of grays and a wagon and hauled bundles to the thresher. There were several farmers there with their horses. These men took a lot of pride in their teams and their work. My dad and a neighbor owned a McCormick-Deering binder that they pulled with three horses. I also remember the noon meals and the camaraderie of the men at these threshings.

During the four years I was in high school, I worked on the farm for a cousin of mine. After high school, I worked 10 years in a grain elevator and feed store. I retired from a utility company installing gas mains and services. I really enjoy your magazine and have collected a lot of farm-related items.

Donald E. McBride,Bedford, Indiana

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Recognize this Auction Find?

I bought these items in three separate piles at an estate sale. Assuming they all go together, perhaps someone has a complete unit and could send me a picture or share a picture in the next issue of Farm Collector.

cleaner-parts

The piece appears to be some sort of treadle-powered seed or grain cleaner. There is part of a pitman arm on the flywheel, which appears to run only the canvas belt. The mortised holes in one piece do not line up with the other. The date appears to be 1902, but I can’t make out the rest of the markings. Thank you for the help.

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cleaner-parts

GilMangels, info@miracleofamericamuseum.org

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