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New Materials, Technology Revive Farm Toy Hobby

Fred Ertl Sr. is considered the father of the modern farm toy hobby – but that parenthood happened by accident.During a 1945 strike, Ertl was laid off from his job as molder at a Dubuque, Iowa, foundry. With a wife and five children to support, he desperately needed a job. What he got was that and more, when the entire farm toy hobby fell into his lap.It began with Fred Ertl’s ...

Bill Vossler | Jun 23, 2009

Farm Collector Magazine

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