Farm Life

Life on the land, farm shows, lessons from the past and more

Iron Age Ads: Speed-Changing Pulley Has Big Impact

Article by the Farm Collector staff

Early farm equipment was notoriously dangerous and cantankerous. As a result, little was dearer to the farmer’s heart than safe, efficient farm equipment.


Grandfather and Gaar-Scott Steam Engine

Letter submitted by Kerry Livgren

The Photo shows a Gaar-Scott steam engine and what looks like a weary crew. My Grandfather worked on many of those old threshing machines.


Across the Country in a Chalmers Touring Car

Column by Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares the tale of the Toube family, who traveled 6,000 miles from Maine to the West Coast in a 1909 Chalmers touring car, with 315 of those miles going backwards.


Postcards Capture the Romance of the Rails

Column by Anthony B. Lovelace

Discover postcards from the past as we delve into the history of a series of railways stories in a once in a lifetime experience.


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Do Small Towns Just Like Those in the Old Days Still Exist?

Story by Clell G. Ballard

Most of us still have a mental image of the towns created by set designers for TV. Modern technology makes it possible to relive those programs.


The Crash at Crush

Column by Sam Moore

More than 40,000 people showed up to the temporary town of Crush, Texas, to watch the spectacle that was two trains colliding head on in 1896.


New Opportunity for Blacksmiths a Century Ago

Column by Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares an old poem reassuring blacksmiths who were concerned about the automobile hurting business that there was instead a new opportunity coming their way.


Old Christmas Celebrations in England

Column by Sam Moore

We look back – far back – to old Christmas celebrations in England, complete with yule logs and mistletoe and other traditions we see today.



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