| March/April 1998

6101 Harmony Road, Preston, Maryland 21655

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of John S. Kauffman's birth and the 25th anniversary of his death, members of his family displayed their private collection of his works at the Eastern Shore Thresher men & Collectors Association Show in August. Four of his children and three grandchildren attended the show with a wonderful display of his models and paintings. They had never thought of displaying any of his works, some of them hadn't even been to a steam show before. Mr. Kauffman was a well known artist who striped a number of steam engines which were restored in the 1950s and 1960s. He is also known for designing the cover of the Iron Men Album. Among the artwork exhibited at the show was the original Iron Men Album sign he painted for Rev. Elmer Ritzman, founder of the magazine.

The models displayed consisted of a Frick traction engine and a C. Aultman Company Star engine, also wooden models of a Huber steam engine, American thresher and Ohio Hay Press. They even demonstrated baling straw with the miniature hay press.

Kauffman display at Eastern Shore Threshermen Show includes the original Iron Men Album sign painted for Rev. Elmer Ritzman.

This was the first time the Kauffman family has exhibited their collection at any show. A question to the Iron Men Album last January asking about the initials 'J.S.K.' on the cover of the magazine and the response prompted the family to bring out the display for public viewing.

One of his grandchildren said they always appreciated Mr. Kauffman's work because he was their grandfather, but seeing the public's response gave them a whole new appreciation for his talents.