First Things

Turning Back the Hands of Time

| November 2007

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    Memories Of A Former Kid
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"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth."

- Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

Dale Jensen stumbled over just such a land mine when he caught a whiff of newly harvested corn during a drive through the country. In this issue of Farm Collector, he shares rich memories spurred by that scent, memories of a teenage boy entrusted to operate a 2-row mounted corn picker in the 1960s.

Memory is a powerful force. In Dale's case, it pushed a pen across a sheet of paper (or more likely, propelled fingers onto a keyboard). For Leander Wetter, the subject of another article in this issue, it's the motivation behind an unruly collection of tractors, steamers, books, magazines, sales literature, toys and pedal tractors. "I'd like to turn time back 50 years," he says wistfully, "even if it meant doing away with the air conditioner in the cab of my tractor."

We'll turn time back a bit ourselves this winter, when we publish our annual "Show Photos" issue. With your help (and favorite show photos!), we'll revisit the best of the 2007 show season in our February '08 issue.

Look through your pictures of people, equipment and demonstrations, pick your favorites and send them to us by Nov. 1. We'll publish all we have space for. Send original prints (but make a copy, as none will be returned) or digital images. Digital images must be high resolution, large files or they simply will not reproduce well.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

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