• RESTORING ANTIQUE TOOLS

    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.

    Item: 5219

    Author: Herbert P. Kean

    Format: Paperback

  • RUMELY LINE E-BOOK

    Originally published by the Rumely Products Co. in Chicago, Ill., this e-book contains 36 pages of detailed information and illustrations of various Rumely products.

    INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-book* and it will be delivered directly to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

    * What is an e-book? The e-book is a revolutionary new way to obtain the information and literature you want in a download-and-print version from your personal computer. We have scanned the pages from your favorite original books and manuals, and collected them in an easy-to-use, widely accepted PDF format. Simply purchase the book, download to your desktop with a single click and print. E-books are available at reduced rates due to the elimination of printing and distribution costs.

    Item: 3809
  • RUST BOOK: FIRST EDITION

    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.

    Item: 5776

    Format: Paperback

  • SEARS ROEBUCK & CO.; THE BEST OF 1905-1910 COLLECTIBLES

    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.

    Item: 5459

    Format: Paperback

  • SONGS OF THE IRON-MEN

    New Music Inspired by Poems from The Iron-Man Album

    Before gas tractors plowed the fields, steam traction engines ruled the prairie. Now, the glory days of steam farming live on through the words of the men and women who experienced them firsthand.

    Twelve poems, originally submitted to Iron Men Album back in the 1950s, have been unearthed and set to original music by folk musician and Gas Engine Magazine (Farm Collector) editor Christian Williams on this new audio CD. To give the album an old-time American feel, Williams used instruments unique to American folk music, including banjo, washtub bass, steel resonator guitar and autoharp. Listen to Smoke on the Prairie, one of the songs in this unique music CD.

    “Lesser musicians would've have given us a tepid collection of by-the-numbers ‘folk’ songs. Not Christian. As always, he's written and performed all the music on this collection, but it's his heart that makes sure that these songs sparkle with individual brilliance. Each one of these numbers has its own feel and style. Yes, Mr. Williams mines the rich veins folk, roots music and proto-country but the end results have a vibrancy and life most artists can't achieve.”

    -Sepiachord.com

    This is a first-hand account of early American farming, let the words and music take you back to a time when steam was king.

    Track listing:

    • Dreaming of Steam
    • Vanished Days
    • On the Farm
    • Haywire Sawmill
    • Charlie and His Case
    • Threshing Crew
    • The Lazy Farmer
    • Good Old Russell
    • Village Blacksmith
    • Smoke on the Prairie
    • My Old Steam Engine
    • Death of a Steam Man
    Item: 4167

    Author: Christian Williams

    Format: Audio CD

  • STANDARD CATALOG OF FARM TRACTORS 1890-1980, 2nd Edition

    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!

    Item: 2673

    Author: C.H. Wendel

    Format: Paperback

  • STANDARD OF THE HIGHWAY

    A collection of magazine ads detailing the evolution of International trucks over the decades, Standard of the Highway is a collection of International truck ads that were aimed at American farmers and the general trucking industry. The early ads showed very basic trucks, but by the late 1930s, the trucks had become very streamlined and far ahead of the times. Over the years, the changes in the common pickup truck have been truly amazing.

    This book is not intended to be an encyclopedia of all models, but a historical overview of the evolution of International trucks through ads, all from the personal collection of collector Tim Putt.

    Item: 8226

    Author: Tim Putt

    Format: Paperback

  • THE AMERICAN GRAIN ELEVATOR

    Beautiful New Paperback with over 150 illustrations tells the story of how grain storage began and elevators were invented. Includes sections on a variety materials used in the mid-west from the 1800s to today with many historic photos and 86 full color examples of these wonderful and fascinating buildings that are integral to our farm heritage.

    About the author
    Linda Laird was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She was always fascinated with the shapes of the grain elevators that define the horizon in that flat place. She became a historic preservation consultant and community planner, moved back to Kansas and married a John Deere loving, ex-farmboy from rural Reno County.

    In 1992 the Kansas state legislature revised the tax code to include taxing the historic wooden elevators used primarily for storage or remaining empty. Many of the oldest wood frame elevators have been torn down or burned since then to avoid taxes. Laird and her husband, Larry Haney, were determined to at least photographically document each elevator in Kansas before the destruction was complete. They were encouraged by The James Marsden Fitch Charitable Trust, a New York foundation that provides mid-career grants to historic preservation projects. The grant allowed them to travel through the mid-west researching and photographing elevators in a multi-state area. This book is a product of that grant.

    The original goal of photographing all of the elevators in Kansas was achieved in 2003 when over 1200 elevators had been photographed and documented in a searchable index. It is now possible for the first time to write a history of grain elevators in the state.

    Laird's next book will focus on the historic significance of the documented elevators with attention to the various architectural styles and materials used in the continuous development of Kansas elevators.

    Item: 6043

    Author: Linda Laird

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ART OF THE JOHN DEERE TRACTOR

    John Deere’s most famous and fascinating machines are presented as they’ve never been presented before: in a studio, photographed against plain seamless backdrops. The result is a superb collection of unprecedented photographs celebrating every detail of the tractors considered to be icons of industrial design.

    From the spartan Waterloo Boy to the streamlining triumph of the Model AOS, from German and Argentine models to the much vaunted New Generation tractors, photographer and author Lee Klancher delves into the renowned Keller Collection to bring Deere fans an utterly unique look at the objects of their passion. Thirty tractors are presented in beautiful full-tractor shots and detail views that highlight notable engineering and design elements. Accompanying the photography are detailed captions, the stories behind the models shown, and the history of John Deere design evolution, particularly the influence of renowned industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. A John Deere book like no other, sure to captivate those who bleed Green.

    Item: 9123

    Author: Lee Klabcher

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BAKER LINE E-BOOK

    Originally published by the A.D. Baker Company in Swanton, Ohio, this e-book contains 21 pages of illustrations and detailed information on the Baker line of engines and threshers. Includes black and white images of the machines.

    INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-book* and it will be delivered directly to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

    * What is an e-book? The e-book is a revolutionary new way to obtain the information and literature you want in a download-and-print version from your personal computer. We have scanned the pages from your favorite original books and manuals, and collected them in an easy-to-use, widely accepted PDF format. Simply purchase the book, download to your desktop with a single click and print. E-books are available at reduced rates due to the elimination of printing and distribution costs.

    Item: 3810
  • THE COWBOY: CHARACTERISTICS, EQUIPMENT, DEVELOPING THE WEST

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $14.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

    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.

    Item: 4709

    Author: Philip Ashton Rollins

    Format: Paperback

  • THE FARMALL DYNASTY

    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.

    Item: 6382

    Author: Lee Klancher

    Format: Paperback

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