| July/August 1954

Making models of the old familiar makes of steam traction engines has become quite popular among enthusiasts of steam power. During the years that steam power was in vogue, threshermen didn't have time for hobbies of any kind. Strange to say, the glorious era of steam was not fully appreciated at the time, not until the faithful engines were ruthlessly scrapped wholesale, disappearing from the roadside fence corners and barnyards. The real lovers of steam began to reproduce duplicates of the prototype or collect as many remaining specimens as possible, thus retaining the memory of golden harvests.

The present generation of American boys and girls are losing out from the rapture that stirred the soul at threshing time. Modern methods of gas power fail to arouse such emotion. Harvest comes and goes unheeded and unnoticed.

At the dawn of the new century very few models had. ever been built. I recall some shown in the 'American Thresherman & Threshermen's Review'.

Precision or true to prototype can only be considered as real models, while many miniature engines similar to various makes, as well as freelance jobs do credit to untiring efforts. Some have even developed original ideas that surpass the genius minds of past generations.