POST CARDS


| January/February 1963

  • Harvey famous engine
    The cover picture is of Harvey Hoffman, Rheems, Pa., and his famous engine. Harvey is a well-known and respected citizen and thresherman. He exhibits this engine at all the Central Pennsylvania Reunions and Meets.
  • 6 horse steam engine
    Here is a picture of our 6 horse steam engine and messenger threshing machine owned and operated by us.
  • 10 HP Case portable engine
    10 HP Case portable engine of 1882 vintage. It was the oldest engine at the reunion.
  • Case Steamer
    Case Steamer that I run and hand-painted by myself. The only engine that was hand-painted at the Pionera 1960-1961 Show.
  • Rumely 16 HP
    This picture was taken in 1922 on the Jack Roth farm at Walsh, Illinois. This is a Rumely 16 HP built about 1910. I was the engineer sitting on the drive wheel. We threshed 1800 bushels of wheat on this one setting. It was the largest straw stack that I c
  • 20 hp Huber
    Here is a picture of a 20 hp Huber owned by Helmer Nelson, Hawley, Minn.
  • Stanley Steamers
    Here is a picture of the line-up of Stanley Steamers at the June 20, 1959 Meet of the Steam Auto Club at LaFayette, Indiana. Ruth Williams and Blanche Frederick are standing in back of Earle Eckel's 1903 Stanley. Mr. Frederick is standing just to the left
  • Largest electric stripping shovels
    Here is a picture of one of the world's largest electric stripping shovels owned by the Sahara Coal Co., Inc. of Harrisburg, Illinois. Sahara has been producing the famous Saline County Coal from the heart of Egypt, continuously for half a century. Shovel
  • Reeves steam engine
    THIS REEVES STEAM ENGINE HAD A FULL HEAD OF STEAM ON WHEN PICTURE HERE WAS TAKEN IN 1916. THRESHING SCENE WAS MADE 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF PONTIAC ON THE CHAS. MEWBAUER FARM. THRESHING OUTFIT WAS OWNED BY JACOB BASHORE OF ODELL. HUGE STRAW PILE, UIRTUALLY
  • Thresher and Model L Case
    Here is a picture of my 32 x 52 Avery Thresher and Model L Case, threshing oats on the Willard Cook farm at Troy Center, Wise, August 18, 1962.
  • Frank Miller's Aultman-Taylor
    Frank Miller's Aultman-Taylor at La Crosse, Indiana
  • Snapshots of the engine

  • Mr. Walter G. Raum
    Here is a picture of Mr. Walter G. Raum, 740 Brough Ave., Hamilton, O. He and his son own the Baker engine 21-75. This engine was new in 1924. Mr. Raum is an engineer, threshing oats, on the farm of William H. Raisch, East Miami Rd., Cincinnati 39, Ohio o
    Mr. Walter G. Raum
  • Wheel Excavator in operation
    Here is a picture of (he W4 Kolbe Wheel Excavator in operation near Canton, Illinois. It was constructed at United Electric's Cuba (III.) Mine. This 2100 ton mobile giant was developed by Frank F. Kolbe. Powered by electricity for over-burden removal in o
    W4 Kolbe
  • Reunion Gems
    Reunion Gems
  • Lions Club Hobby Show
    Two engines that have taken blue ribbons at the Lions Club Hobby Show in 1961 and 62. The Case is a a 2 inch scale model of the 65 Case. It is belted up to the saw mill.
  • 30 hp Engine
    Here is a picture of my complete Minneapolis outfit with a 30 hp Engine, simple cycle separator 40' x62'. I am just winding up a job 5 miles west of Willmar in August 1936, the last year I operated the rig. I am the one with the light shirt.
  • Earle Eckels exceptionally
    Earle Eckels exceptionally fine 1903 Stanley. It looks and runs like new. I will always remember the fine ride I had in it and I am sure everyone else who rode in it will also. The Eckels live at Washington, N.J.
  • The transportation exhibit
    Remember when an engine of this type was the rule rather than the exception. This C & O sixteen hundred is now part of the transportation exhibit at the famous Henry Ford Museum adjoining the beautiful Greenfield Village at Dearborn, Michigan. Steam locom
    Mr. A. H. Ace Shear
  • Russell Lumber Saw Mill
    A picture of my Russell Lumber Saw Mill at Hebron, Illinois. I am standing with my hand on the Sawyer's lever.

  • Harvey famous engine
  • 6 horse steam engine
  • 10 HP Case portable engine
  • Case Steamer
  • Rumely 16 HP
  • 20 hp Huber
  • Stanley Steamers
  • Largest electric stripping shovels
  • Reeves steam engine
  • Thresher and Model L Case
  • Frank Miller's Aultman-Taylor
  • Snapshots of the engine
  • Mr. Walter G. Raum
  • Wheel Excavator in operation
  • Reunion Gems
  • Lions Club Hobby Show
  • 30 hp Engine
  • Earle Eckels exceptionally
  • The transportation exhibit
  • Russell Lumber Saw Mill

The engine is kept in mint condition and it always attracts much attention.

It is a Frick a very popular engine of the East.

Here are snapshots of the engine that I have been working on the last three years off and on. Our daughter is looking it over. It is all made from scrap iron. The smoke box door is an old corn planter box lid, the boiler a 8' gas main. The smoke stack is the cast iron hub of a wooden wagon wheel. The steeling gear is from a Deering binder head. The steering wheel is a neck yoke ring. The water glass a stem from a coffee per coater. The cyl., crank disc, governor and wheels are made up of odds and ends. The front spokes are 40pd. spikes and the rear are 5/16 rod. It has a 2 x 3 cyl. I use a cross head pump, displacement oiler and link reverse. It is fired with wood or coal. Grates are from a corn sheller cob stacker. There are 4-1 flues. Seems to fire quite well. I still have the differential, clutch and draft doors to make. I have had as much fun making this engine as running it. I also made a 1/4 size 24 x 40 separator some years ago to use it on.

The other engine is an Ajax. This type of engine was used in oil fields on oil drill rigs. It is belted to merry-go-round.



This picture was taken by Ernest Hoffer, 2225 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio. 'Erny' and his wife are avid steam fans and excellent photographers, having supplied the Editor with many photography classics. The picture comes from the collection of a good member and friend of THE AMERICAN THRESHER-MAN ASSOCIATION, Mr. A. H. 'Ace' Shear of 35135 Joy Road, Plymouth, Michigan. A native of Illinois by birth, Ace Shear has performed with various engines at previous shows of the Association and is looking forward to meeting his old friends at the Pinckneyville exhibition.