1934 MM Calendar Tells a Story

A collector receives a 1934 Minneapolis Moline Calendar from the calendar girl herself


| February 1999



A copy of the '34 MM calendar, featuring Lea Norgard.

A copy of the '34 MM calendar, featuring Lea Norgard.

Dan Shima, Eldridge, Iowa, has been collecting Minneapolis-Moline memorabilia and tractors for a long time. But last summer, when he met Lea Norgard, the original Minneapolis-Moline calendar girl of 1934, he ran into someone who had something special.

An experienced collector of all things produced by Minneapolis-Moline, Dan was in his element when he attended the third annual show put on by the Minnesota chapter of the Minneapolis-Moline Collectors Club at Rockford, Minn. The show is unique because of its location outside of Minneapolis, where MM tractors were built. The event is billed as an annual reunion for Minneapolis-Moline employees.

"It is our club," Dan says, "but they promote it as an employees' reunion to get as many retired employees to come as they can."

It was a big weekend for Dan.

"I killed three birds with one stone," he says. "I went to an MM sale which Kurt Aumann did for collectors' members, I visited my daughter on Saturday night, and I went to the show on Sunday!"

What he didn't count on was meeting a real-life Minneapolis-Moline calendar girl.