• THE BREAKUP: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

    How did one of the biggest-selling brands in history go under? There are a variety of reasons and opinions, all of which are explored in this book. These 192 color pages will provide hours of enjoyment to International Harvester collectors, restorers, Red Farmers, and other fans of the brand.

    Former International Harvester Company executive and former IH dealer Paul Wallem spent two years interviewing 50 dealers, farmers, restorers, and collectors, as well as former IH executives involved in the merger with Case.

    The Breakup: What Really Happened not only examines the causes of the dissolution, it pays homage to this magnificent brand that has long outlived the company. That’s due, in large part, to a growing number of ardent collectors, many of whom spend thousands of dollars to meticulously restore their IH equipment to “better than new.” They meet regularly at regional and national “red events,” and keep the iconic IH brand alive.


    Item: 9875
  • STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH: THE WHEEL HORSE STORY

    From the very beginning, Cecil Pond worked with his father, Elmer on the development of what became known as the Wheel Horse tractor. Unlike many enterprises begun in a family garage, the development of their tractor revolutionized the care of America's fast-growing postwar suburban lawns. Here was a tractor far from the farm, which delighted its user while easing his maintenance chores. Today, the Wheel Horse tractor is a prized collectible in addition to being a useful and necessary piece of equipment.

    Straight from the Horse's Mouth: The Wheel Horse Story reveals the fascinating history of the beginning of the Wheel Horse and its influence on the American lawn. Full of beautiful, color photographs on crisp, glossy pages, it tells the story of this classic machine, complete with vintage advertisements, personal memorabilia, and even an accompanying DVD. This final edition of Straight from the Horse's Mouth is perfect for vintage tractor buffs or any historian.

    Order while you can! When this final edition complete with DVD is gone, it's gone!

    Item: 9375
  • ACTION IN IH COUNTRY

    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.

    Item: 8223
  • ALEXANDER BOTTS AND THE EARTHWORM TRACTOR: BOTTS BREAKS HOLLYWOOD

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book includes the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.

    Item: 11286
  • AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF TRACTORS & FARM MACHINERY

    The history of the tractor is one of rapid development, from the turn of the 20th century when it was a substitute for the horse, to today’s sophisticated machines which boast a range of technologically advanced equipment. This fact-packed encyclopedia charts this exceptional history, the machines and their manufacturers. Each vehicle is illustrated with archive material or photography, together with specification boxes detailing engine capacity, power, transmission and weight. Including an international overview of farm machinery around the world, this volume forms a highly comprehensive tractor encyclopedia that all enthusiasts will want to own.

    This book includes:

    • Detailed specifications and over 650 photographs of historical and modern machines, from AGCO Allis to Zetor.
    • The ultimate book for every tractor and agricultural machinery enthusiast – a detailed portrait in words and pictures of farm vehicles and their evolution.
    • Features vintage models restored to their former glory, together with their modern-day high-tech equivalents.
    • Covers every aspect of the tractor and its components, from the history of the inventors, innovators and factories, to the vehicles’ engine capacities and power.

    The ultimate visual history for farm machinery enthusiasts, featuring tractors from AGCO Allis to Zetor.

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  • AUSTIN TRACTORS

    Like Henry Ford, Herbert Austin had farming roots. Both brought motoring to the masses and both attempted to take the physical drudgery out of farming by introducing mechanisation. Austin imported American machines in the First World War and heard about the revolutionary new Fordson. His take on the new rigid, frameless technology was the 1919 Austin R, built at his Birmingham car factory. The inexorable reduction of the price of Fordsons saw Austin move his tractors to the more protected French market, where they soon challenged Renault’s dominance. A former leather works with farming estate at Liancourt, near Paris, became exclusive home to Austin’s tractors, and diesel technology was adopted there long before it was introduced at Austin in England. The Second World War saw Liancourt producing German military vehicles and the imprisonment and in some cases execution of the Austin management. The dreadful conditions at Liancourt were highlighted at the Nuremberg Trials. Afterwards, there was a brave attempt to revive the French tractors and British Austin engines were used in Bristol crawlers. This book tells the fascinating and largely untold story of the tractors made by one of Britain’s biggest car makers, and also looks other uses of Austin engines in the Austin Champ and Gipsy.

    Item: 10909
  • BOTTS BOOK SET

    Get all of Alexander Botts’ adventures now in one easy to order bundle!

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. These books include the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.

    Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.

    This set includes:

    Botts Begin

    Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trial and tribulations selling crawler tractors. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal! In this book, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company.

    This book is the first in a series and will be the only publication to present the collection in its entirety, including five Botts stories that never appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

    Botts Abroad

    The world’s best tractor salesman is back in this second installment of Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor. In this series of humorous short stories, Botts and his new bride travel to Europe on a special assignment to bring the solid, American-made machines to the Old World! Nicknamed “Gadget” because of her usefulness, Mrs. Botts proves to be as resourceful as her husband in cleverly closing deals in ancient cities previously thought to have no market for crawler tractors.

    Botts Breaks Hollywood

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!

    Item: 11304
  • CATERPILLAR COLORING BOOK

    Color your way through Caterpillar product history with 36 beautiful drawings of your favorite machines. Pulled from archival materials and design concepts of real and imagined machines, this coloring book traces the evolution of early, powerful crawlers to futuristic earthmovers invented to shape the landscape of this planet and beyond.

    With these highly detailed designs, coloring enthusiasts young and old can explore the mechanics of a variety of machines like the sturdy Caterpillar Twenty, the efficient 772G Off-Highway Truck, and the versatile 302 CR Mini Excavator. Travel through space and time where sleek extraterrestrial scrapers and backhoes mine resources and prepare for pioneering colonies. This selection will satisfy the seasoned Caterpillar enthusiast as well as ignite a life-long passion in the next generation.

    Item: 11303
  • CLASSIC OLIVER TRACTORS

    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.

    Item: 9311
  • EARLY FARM TRACTORS: A HISTORY IN ADVERTISING LINE ART

    Providing an interesting glimpse into the steam traction engines and internal combustion tractors that revolutionized the world of farming, this collection focuses on American tractors from the late 1850s to the beginning of the Great Depression. With farm journal advertisements -- dating from 1909 through 1929 -- this account considers how something as ordinary and utilitarian as a tractor seems to have inherent standards of good design, correct proportion, and beauty. Intended for tractor enthusiasts, historians, artists, illustrators, students of industrial design, and graphic art lovers, this fascinating book recounts an important piece of history.

    Item: 6914
  • EVOLUTION OF A TRACTOR

    Original reminiscences of IHC executives from April 1920. Includes factory photos not published elsewhere, plus manuscript and illustrations from collector Leroy Baumgardner Jr. Softcover, 64 pages, illustrations.

    Item: 1042
  • FARM TRACTORS: A COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

    From the late 19th century, tractors began to change the way that farmers worked, increasing efficiency and productivity and reducing dependence on animal power and physical labor. From crude early prototypes to powerful modern machines with a bevy of amenities, tractors have evolved with the technology of the times.

    Author Michael Williams, a recognized authority on the global history of power farming, combines his agricultural background and technical writing acumen to bring readers a comprehensive look at the rise of this revolutionary machine that changed the face of farming around the world.

    Inside Farm Tractors, you’ll find:

    • Steam-powered machines that gradually gave way to the first tractors
    • Profiles of prominent manufacturers and innovators throughout the decades, including Henry Ford, International Harvester, John Deere, and Caterpillar
    • Detailed photographs and illustrations of notable models and machinery
    • Technical breakthroughs, including the use of hydraulics, the advent of diesel engines, and the availability of four-wheel drive
    • The introduction of new fuel sources as alternatives to gasoline
    • Specialized tractors for orchard work, high-acreage operations, hauling, cultivating, and other farm jobs
    • The tractor industry’s major expansion following World War II
    • Modern-day tractors and an outlook on the future of farm machinery

    Item: 9839

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