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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.
'The book is the product of about four years of historical research. I traveled through 24 states looking for material. The book was awarded the Albert J. Beveridge Prize in American history, the highest honor given by the American Historical Association.
'However, the book does not tell the whole story. It presents certain aspects of the application of steam power to American agriculture. Then too, there are a few errors in the volume. Yet it is difficult to eliminate all mistakes from any book which deals with technical information.
'I would be eager to get your reaction to the book. I do not think you should be expected to advertise the wares of every person or company which may have something to sell. I am willing to pay the regular advertising rates to include an ad or notice about this book. If you think the volume has merit, I would solicit your cooperation in calling the book to the attention of the steam engine crowd ----.'