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Farm Collector

Farm Collector

October 2020

Farm Collector is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising

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2 min.
what did you do this summer?

A show of hands, please: How many of you, in your far-off childhoods, ever wrote the “What I Did this Summer” essay when you returned to school in the fall? Ah. You don’t remember? Good. That works for me! I don’t actually need essays (although if you want to shoot me a letter or an email and tell me how you’re keeping busy this summer, I would be delighted to read them!). What I do need is pictures. Normally, at this time of year, I’d be reminding you to get your favorite photos from the 2020 show season ready to send us for our Show Photo issue in February 2021. In this first year of the pandemic, there probably won’t be many to send. Seems like most of the big shows have…

5 min.
letters to the editor

Can anyone help with details on Fleury piece? I purchased this machine on a virtual auction without knowing what I was buying and was surprised at how big it was when I came to pick it up. It is such a beautiful piece just to look at and a lot more interesting since I have read Bruce Fleury's article on Joseph Fleury's short life in Farm Collector (March 2003). Unfortunately, except for one front plank, I have no idea what parts are missing or how this machine was operated and when it was built. I am sending you these pictures, hoping that a reader can help me identify this magnificent machine still standing on its original legs after 100 years (I believe). On top of one of the legs, 2135 is stamped;…

1 min.

COLTON MICHALAK IS OUR OCTOBER WINNER! Colton Michalak, 7, the son of Brian and Alyssa Michalak, Lockport, N.Y., is this month’s featured artist. Colton will receive a Farm Collector T-shirt: Congratulations, Colton! Have a budding artist in your family? Send your kids’ or grandkids’ farm-related artwork to Farm Collector, and we’ll send a T-shirt to the monthly winner. Send submissions to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265. Please include the artist’s name, age and hometown and a recent photograph. A release form will be sent to the parents of each artist whose work is selected for publication; the release must be signed and returned to Farm Collector before the artwork can be published. For more information, contact us at editor@farmcollector.com. HONORABLE MENTION: Cheers to these young people who also submitted artwork:…

4 min.
wanted: gadgets, gizmos & contraptions

The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are six sent in by readers. Do you know what they are? Answers to the October 2020 items will appear in the December 2020 issue. OCTOBER MYSTERY TOOLS Answers for new items in this issue must be received by October 2, 2020. A. Marked “Elite Mfg. Co. No. 16. Made in USA.” B. Drum expands to lock in to something round. Four cutting edges (one is in the holder) that fit in the slot, then rotate on handle (which has a bearing and slides over the shaft). Cutters appear to be made to cut wood. All fits in a box with one wrench to fit cutter…

5 min.
farm machinery paved the way for tire manufacturer

The Akron/Canton/Massillon area of Ohio was a hotbed of farm machinery invention and manufacture during the latter half of the 19th century. In the past, I’ve written about Canton’s Cornelius Aultman and Akron’s Lewis Miller, and the Russell Co. of Massillon is on my list of future projects. After 1900, with the rising popularity of the automobile, Akron became more famous for its tires and rubber products than its farm machinery, and today Goodyear – which got its start in Akron – is one of the premier names in automobile tires. While some folks may think the Goodyear company was started by Charles Goodyear, the man who perfected the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839, it ain’t necessarily so, as we’ll see later. But first, a little about John F. Seiberling. Michael Seuberlich…

11 min.
built in the buckeye state

America’s Industrial Revolution was driven by countless innovators willing to take a risk. The state of Ohio was home to many early industrialists whose visionary efforts launched the state’s manufacturing sector and strengthened its ties to agriculture. In the 1700s, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin comprised the original Northwest Territory. The early “Ohio Country” took its name after the river called O-y-o by the Iroquois, meaning “Great River.” In his book The Pioneers, historian David McCullough described early settlement along the Ohio River by farmers and merchants who migrated from the colonies following the Revolutionary War. Farmers began clearing the land as they moved north and northwest from the river into more fertile, flat land. As the need for farm equipment grew, Ohio’s iron and steelmaking industries also took root. In…