Third in a three-volume series showcasing the vintage photography of J.C. Allen , this book features photos of what people did when they weren’t working in the fields, barns or farmyards in the 1920s-1940s. More than 120 photographs of rural families in their kitchens, parlors and dining rooms. Photos of going to town and spending time at the library, grocery or general stores, school and doctor's office, transporting the reader to another time when life moved slower and family and community was important. Many of these photos have never been published.
Classic Oliver Tractors chronicles this historic agricultural brand from when James Oliver bought a quarter-share of the South Bend Foundry in 1855 to when the last Oliver-branded tractor rolled off the assembly line in 1976. The Oliver Corporation’s roots run deep in the agricultural industry. This once small company started with a young man and an idea that would lighten the load of the farmer. Through the years the company grew and acquired other companies with the same philosophy until nearly a dozen companies operating under the Oliver flag became a strong force in the farm market.
This new account of Oliver’s history includes its industrial and crawler tractors, implements, international ventures, and the various products that carried the Oliver badge. Vintage advertisements, brochures, and both color and black-and-white photos (alongside contemporary color images) illustrate this compelling part of agriculture’s history.
An essential agricultural text originally published in 1922, Farm Mechanics is a detailed but easy-to-understand manual outlining all the important aspects of working the land.
The guide is broken up into sections that cover every aspect of farm work, from woodworking and laying cement to farm machinery repair. Informative and easy to understand (with close to 500 illustrations and photographs), Farm Mechanics is both a historical reference for those interested in the history of agriculture and a commonsense tool that outlines essential agricultural skills.
For those who want to know more about the golden days of farming, there are plenty of details here to paint a vivid picture of early 20th century farming in the United States, accompanied by detailed photos and illustrations of farm equipment and practices in action.
But this isn’t just a book of theoretical practices for curious historians either. While some of the skills explained here seem inapplicable for modern use (most farmers no longer take the time to learn blacksmithing), other sections contain tools and advice that are still indispensable to the modern farmer (such as the passages on cement and concrete, or rope and harness work for farm animals).
Farm Conveniences and How to Make Them is a fascinating volume abounding in valuable hints and suggestions for the construction of homemade farming and homesteading devices. First published in 1884, it contains the best ideas gathered from farmers, and it teaches valuable lessons in rural economy. Filled with more than 200 engravings, the book includes information on how to build a milking shed, a dam, a sled for removing corn shocks, a variety of animal traps, gatepost braces, a log boat, cards, and many other instruments.
Also an everyday farming handbook, the volume provides instructions on how to use wastelands, prevent the washing of hillsides, harvest manure, dress meats, build shelters, and much more. As the preface sums it up, “Skill in the construction and use of simple labor-saving devices is of vast importance to the farmer, and any aid to the development of this manual dexterity is always welcome.” Learn how the creativity and precision that went into developing these handy devices equipped farmers of the past with the knowledge and tools to work efficiently.
This classic guide presents practical information on virtually every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization. Originally published in 1917, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders, and corn harvesters.
Fully illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams, plans, and photographs, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It will prove as interesting to the current farmer for its still-prudent advice on the timeless problems of farm management as it will to the history buff who wishes to catch an image of what the American farm was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It provides a lovely foray into the rich legacy of American agriculture and will appeal to anyone who has ever been interested in the nuts and bolts of farm life.
New from Gas Engine Magazine Preservations Series: Coolspring, Discovering America’s Finest Antique Engine Museum.
For more than 25 years, the Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, Pa., has been recognized as housing the world’s finest collection of early and historically significant internal combustion engines. Designated a Mechanical Engineering Heritage Collection by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the museum boasts a collection of more than 250 engines in 20 buildings, 40 of which are profiled here in a museum overview edited by former Gas Engine Magazine editor Christian Williams.
If you’ve visited the museum before, you’ll appreciate the unique selection of engines profiled here. And, if you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Coolspring personally, you’ll simply be amazed to discover the incredible selection of historically important and technically fascinating engines preserved for engine lovers everywhere in the most amazing museum of its kind in Coolspring, Discovering America’s Finest Antique Engine Museum.
A collection of magazine ads from 1964 to 1984 for International Harvester tractors and equipment, Action in IH Country tells the story of the advertising for these machines. International Harvester did a lot of advertising from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, with many multipage ads. This collection provides a great number of ads that reveal the history of the company, pictures to help those restoring their favorite “toys,” and entertainment for those who just enjoy looking at the ads.
International Harvester fans will savor this peek into the past, all via ads and images from the personal collection of Tim Putt.
This new title is a thoroughly documented and researched book about the history of the designs of antique barbed fencing. This book describes hundreds of patents and more than 2,000 patent design variations found in antique barbed fencing. Varieties include mild steel barbed wire strands, sheet metal barbed strips, barbed metal rods, and barbed wooden rails. Antique barbed fencing evolved from the wooden fences and plain wire fences of the 1850s. The major antique barbed fencing period occurred from the late 1860s and mid-1870s to the early 1900s, when inventors in the Midwest and Northeast designed hundreds of new ways to corral livestock. Using U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records and other information sources, author James R. Newman describes how the inventors considered their patent designs unique, what their purpose was, and what factors influenced the changes in these designs over time. Newman describes the common patterns found in the structure and form of these patent designs. Because of the complexity in these designs, he provides a proposed classification system that can be used for sorting, organizing, and indexing barbed fencing patents into similar patents and design groups. This book is intended for collectors, farm historians, and anyone who has ripped their pants crossing barbed wire fences.
Bringing together the collective wisdom of a past generation of craftsmen, Traditional Toolmaking provides an in-depth record of the skills and techniques that made the mass production revolution of the 20th century possible. When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of toolroom problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers, including how to:
With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
Originally published in the early 1900s, this classic, comprehensive handbook was referred to by young engineers as they prepared for their licensing examinations. In addition to containing several hundred questions and answers that were given as part of many exams, Farm Engines and How to Run Them fully describes every part of a farm engine and boiler, giving complete directions for the safe and economical management of both. Included are chapters on farm engine economy (with special attention to traction and gasoline farm engines) and a chapter on the science of successful threshing. The book abounds with precision artwork and cutaway illustrations showing the different parts of a boiler and engine, and nearly every make of traction engine (including those made by Case, Nichols and Shepard, and Buffalo Pitts). Farm Engines and How to Run Them will appeal to everyone from farm and vehicle enthusiasts to students of industrial technology and agricultural history.
A follow-up to his highly regarded first book, Gas Engine Restoration, this newest gas engine restoration guide from veteran vintage engine restorer Peter Rooke offers a wealth of practical, hands-on information for both the new and experienced engine hobbyist. Drawing from his exhaustive experience repairing and restoring gas engines, Peter Rooke shares the tips and techniques he’s acquired over the years to aid engine restorers in almost every facet of the restoration process. Mechanical considerations run from the basics of setting ignition and valve timing to repairing and making pistons. Dedicated chapters on restoring common Webster and Wico magnetos will help you ensure your engine runs at its best, while chapters on making mufflers, repairing cast iron and learning how to paint and pinstripe will show you how to get your engine looking its best.
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.