A NEW BOOK ABOUT THE GRAND OLD STEAM TRACTION ENGINE


| March/April 1954



6701 Tenth Avenue South Minneapolis 19, Minnesota

As one interested in reading about the good old steam traction engines as used for threshing and plowing, you will be glad to hear that Doctor Reynold M. Wik's new book, entitled, 'STEAM POWER on the AMERICAN FARM,' is now available. It can be had from the IRON-MEN ALBUM, Port Royal, Pa. The price is five dollars but is considered well worth it by those who have read it.

This book covers steam power from the beginning, as used on the American farm and gives the story through all its developments and growing pains till the end. The change from portables to tractions is interestingly told. The period of the Steam Engine Boom and its Heyday will thrill the old timers with fond memories and convey to the younger enthusiasts many of the details never before known to them. It is told with many human interest stories to bring out the life and experiences of the farm steam engineer and thresherman. The manufacturing and selling of steam threshing machinery is also covered from a viewpoint interesting to all who like steam traction engines as a hobby.

Of all the books to appear, it has the most interesting and complete story about the steam traction engine. Although it is well illustrated, it is not to be confused with the album type books, and after reading it you'll appreciate the grand old Steamer all the more.

The author, Dr. Reynold M. Wik, writes the editor about the book and we give you the part of the letter which would be of interest to you here.. Ed.

'The volume has 288 pages and 29 pictures. The price at $5.00 seems rather high and many steam engine fans will hesitate to pay this amount for a book. However, there may be a few men who would enjoy reading a rather detailed account of the old steam power days. It would seem unfortunate to deny them this opportunity.