632 No. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, California
Just received the IRON-MEN ALBUM. Read every word of it. The articles picturing and describing the Holt tractors couldn't have been better chosen. Articles like that which give such intimate and personal glimpses into the history and background of steam tractors, are intensely interesting, as well as being informative. You can't overdo this feature of the IRON-MEN ALBUM.
The reports from the various reunions are very enjoyable and I appreciate the inclusion of pictures on the Prony brake tests. I hope you will make them available whenever possible.
The pages dedicated to Model-Making are especially appreciated. Only last week I had written requesting information in a detailed letter. I think I must have received the answer in the ALBUM about the same time you received my request. I can't ask any better response than that. In the table of dimensions for the Robinson tractor I missed seeing any figures for the diameters of the rear and front wheels. I regard these as important as any other dimensions. Hope to see similar articles on all the engines that can be similarly discussed. My preference for a Model would be a 40 hp. Reeves cross compound or two cylinder simple; Gaar-Scott 40 hp double tandem compound; or an Avery 40 hp. two cylinder under mounted. The Holt and Best tractors are also fine types to model. In one of my books, reference is made to a double tandem compound engine and tractor made by the Port Huron Company. I have never seen one and I hope you will be able to secure some information pertaining to that particular engine sometime in the future. The Port Huron and the Gaar-Scott are the only ones to have used this particular type of engine. This was one of the finest developments from an engineering standpoint for traction engines. Another fine contribution to your magazine was the one describing the Arnold Valve Gear by Vic Winter mantel. Many types of valve gear and valve motions were experimented with and used by the different makers of tractors. Some were good and ingenious as well.
The pictures of rare and unusual old engines help to make the ALBUM what it is and reflects deep and genuine interest. The Canton Monitor, for example, and the Kitten also. Everything considered the ALBUM gives me the most real reading pleasure of anything that I know of.
In conclusion, let me suggest again the listing of wheel diameters and widths along with the various other dimensions on the Model Builders Page. Let me say also that if catalog reprints can be available, I will buy any and all of them. I prize and cherish any and all information relating and pertaining to steam tractors. My best wishes for the success of the ALBUM and all concerned