In this thoroughly researched history, Graydon Meints tells the fascinating story of the railroad's arrival and development in Michigan. An engaging and accessible text, Railroads for Michigan describes the long-awaited and often-troubled advent of the railroad in the state, the building of which shifted from private to public efforts and back again, amid tumultuous social, business and political developments. The railroad would come to play a role in almost every critical event in Michigan's history, including the Civil War, the Granger Movement, and the Gilded Age, before beginning to wane following the arrival of the automobile, the Interstate Commerce Commission, World War I and the Great Depression. A brief growth spurt during World War II was short-lived, and it was followed by the collapse of several major railroads and the formation of Amtrak and Conrail. Looking ahead to the future of the railroad in the Great Lakes region, Meints assesses the strengths and shortcomings of this revolutionary invention. With careful attention to the personal impact of the railroad, Meints recognizes in brief biographies the many men and women responsible for the development and operation of Michigan railroads, as well as the triumphs, tragedies and spaces that shaped their lives and work.
Author: Graydon Meints
This authoritative book chronicles the complete story of the red combine’s impact on agriculture and society. Red Combines 1915–2015 includes photographs and details about every red combine built in the United States and abroad, and tells the story of the creation of the Axial-Flow combine, which was developed in a garage so secret only a few people knew it existed. The Axial-Flow combine was a technological leap that transformed the industry when introduced in 1977. The book covers the entire line of red combines, including the CBX, a top-secret mega-combine built in the 1990s. Authored by Lee Klancher and the team of talented contributors who created the award-winning Red Tractors 1958–2013, this thorough and entertaining book is another captivating volume sure to please fans of agricultural equipment and farm history.
Author: Lee Klancher
This authoritative history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors includes data and photos of every model built from 1958 to 2013, as well as in-depth information about how these tractors were designed and constructed. With interviews of engineers and executives, the book covers how the 40 and 60 series were created, and thoroughly covers the red tractors from the 1960s through the 1980s. The book also traces the innovations and struggles of the final days of International Harvester. The authors unearthed a treasure trove of concept drawings and photos of prototype machines to shed new light on how these tractors were created. The book includes the exciting story of the creation of the Case-IH Magnum, an innovative machine that blends some of the great engineering done by IH with the Cummins engine built by Case. The modern era of Case IH is also included, with the story of the creation of the Quadtrac as well as the entire line of tractors. With a mix of new photography of some of the most exceptional collectible models in existence along with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, this thorough book is the most authoritative guide on red tractors ever published.
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Author: Lee Klancher
Here is the book that finally unlocks the secrets that professional restorers have been using for years. It explains critical (and previously closely held) restoration techniques in a way that even the most uninitiated can understand and follow. Chapters cover boring and edge tools, planes (wood, wood-bottomed and metal), measuring tools, saws and other miscellaneous tools, as well as information on cleaning and refinishing. The author explains how to make a bow for a bow drill, how to make wedges for planes, how to replace vials in levels, and literally hundreds of other such invaluable instructions.
Author: Herbert P. Kean
Compiled by Machinery Pete, the Rust Book is the No. 1 source for actual auction prices on antique machinery manufactured between the 1920s and 1970s. It includes sales results on nearly 10,000 vintage tractors, implements and trucks, including a complete list of serial numbers and tractor test results. It gives specific information on the model number sold, the area it was sold, the condition of the equipment and any extra comments that contributed to the sale price. Includes lesser-known classics as well as John Deere, Farmall, Oliver, Allis-Chalmers, etc.
Take a hundred–year excursion into the past when all your wishes and whims could be found within the pages of a Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalogue. Whether you lived in Manhattan, New York, or Manhattan, Kansas, a new camera, a grand piano, and even the latest medical supplies were only a mail order away with your Sears catalogue. Florida Water, Liquid Skin, hammer–less revolvers, bankers' shears, travelling bags, bridging telephones, and the Acme Triumph Six–Hole Steel Range (which was the "The Wonder of the Stove World" according to the ad copy) could all be had for reasonable prices.
In this compilation of the best collectibles from the 1905 through 1910 Sears catalogs, readers will find everything the early–twentieth–century American needed to outfit home, office, medicine chest, or craft workshop. A useful resource for artists, antiques dealers, and history buffs, this title is certain to make any reader feel nostalgic for simpler times. From the department introductions and the descriptions of Sears' warehouses and factories to the hundreds of merchandise–filled pages, readers will find treasures on every page of Sears, Roebuck, & Co.: Best Collectibles from the 1905–1910 Catalogues.
The Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog was the Amazon.com of its day, giving American families across the country access to thousands of items, from clothing and furniture to buggies and hair tonic. Whether they could buy it or not, people would pore over the massive volume that was an icon of American retail. The 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue offers an amazing look at life in early 20th-century America. Sears, Roebuck & Co. was the very definition of American retail innovation. As the company grew from humble beginnings, its catalog selection exploded to include categories that encompassed almost everything imaginable. With merchandise ranging from ordinary to fantastical (and almost all of it priced at the pennies-on-the-dollar rate of the time), this vintage collection is sure to provide an enjoyable browsing experience.
Brand-new edition of the No. 1 guide to North American farm tractors by C.H. Wendel, complete with Nebraska Tests. Explore popular makes and models, research company background and key production information, or just browse through more than 1,500 images!
Author: C.H. Wendel
The first book to feature every Farmall model, The Big Book of Farmall Tractors chronicles the background of McCormick-Deering and International Harvester and outlines the beginnings of IH's production of the treasured Farmall tractor from its inception in 1923 (the lightweight, general purpose row-crop tractor that could literally "farm all") until the last model rolled off the assembly line in the mid-1970s. Highlights include stories of the innovative spirit of the "McCormick Men," the battle with John Deere to produce the best-selling, most popular tractor, and the challenges IH faced when the 560 and 460 models failed in the field.
This comprehensive volume also includes descriptions and hundreds of color photographs of all models, complete with performance comparisons (based on the University of Nebraska tests); chronicles the exciting beginnings of International Harvester; and places IH events in a larger historical context.
Author: Robert N. Pripps
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Although the American cowboy has long been a favorite subject for novelists, filmmakers and illustrators, too often the picture painted of them bears little relation to reality. Philip Ashton Rollins, who lived in the West on and off between 1892 and 1924, set out to create a more accurate portrait of this enduring icon. Based on what he himself witnessed, this fascinating study discusses what exactly makes a cowboy, as well as cowboy weaponry, clothing, saddles and equipment; the "cowboy character"; and a cowboy's work. In addition, Rollins describes the history of ranching in the United States, the raising of horses and cattle, livestock rustling, and more.
This remarkable book is perhaps the most accurate and detailed description of the real-life American cowboy ever written. Here Rollins describes the beginnings of ranching in America, and how horses and cattle were raised. He details, with flair and expertise, everything about the cowboy and his work — his tools and weapon, his clothes and tack, the specialized skills he perfected, and the life he led while on the range. He explains that there was really no typical American cowboy and definitively separates fact from legend. A wonderful resource for anybody who lives or loves the cowboy life, this book is an incredible record of these men, their lives and their work.
About the author
Philip Ashton Rollins, a graduate of Princeton, traveled extensively in the West and wrote about its people and their work.
Author: Philip Ashton Rollins
The Farmall Dynasty recounts the dramatic story of the developmental history of tractors built by International Harvester, the dominant agricultural manufacturer of the early 20th century. The book traces the evolution of the Farmall tractor from the early Titans and Moguls through to modern times.
The book includes well-researched accounts of the development of the original Farmall, the Letter Series, the 4100, Cub and other legendary IHC tractors, with firsthand accounts from factory engineers describing the challenges they faced.
This book is an update of the rare and out-of-print International Harvester Photographic History.
Author: Lee Klancher
To many, Imen McDonnell’s life reads as a modern fairytale. Happily going about her business as a young American woman embarking upon a successful career in broadcast production, she was introduced to a dashing Irish farmer and fell instantly in love. In short order, she found herself leaving behind her work, her country, and her family and friends to start a life from scratch on a centuries-old family dairy farm in County Limerick. The Farmette Cookbook is more than just a cookbook, it’s a chronicle of McDonnell’s journey, embracing her new identity as a farmer’s wife, discovering new tastes, feeding her family, and finding her way around the Irish kitchen, where traditional cooking trumps quick and convenient. Here, McDonnell shares her tried-and-true classic Irish recipes, infused with a contemporary American twist: from her Best Brown Bread, Fish-’n’-Chip Pie, and Richard’s “Proper” Irish Coffee to Farmhouse Buttermilk Beignets, Hot-Smoked Burren Salmon Tacos, and an Irish Hedgerow Shandy. Highlighting farmhouse skills (such as butter- and cheesemaking) and the use of local, wholesome ingredients, McDonnell invites us into her kitchen and her world, through stories and recipes, for a taste of the Irish countryside.
Author: Imen McDonnell
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