To start off 2012, here’s the story of a tractor that was bright and shiny and new 100 years ago. The International Harvester Company introduced the International Mogul 12-25 — its first lightweight tractor — in 1912. Even though the Mogul 12-25 weighed almost 5 tons, it was a whole lot lighter than the huge, clumsy machines that IHC had been building up until then.
In many of the weekly farm papers of the mid-1950s was a regular feature called The Song of the Lazy Farmer, which was a short and humorous observation on the passing scene, as well as the author’s troubles with his wife Mirandy over his laziness.
Man works from sun to sun, but woman s work is never done. This old saying certainly applied to the average farm wife in the 1850s. A list of her tasks would reach from here to there. She had to spin — they needed wool cloth for warm clothes and linen for shirts and underwear. […]
Poultry and eggs are a big business and, although estimates vary, possibly as many as 45 billion chickens are eaten every year in this country, along with 75 billion eggs.
What were you doing 50 years ago? Our fathers and grandfathers, and maybe even we ourselves, were settling down after supper with the October issue of Farm Journal to find out what was going on.
The column a few weeks ago brought several responses about the fun experiences folks have had while towing or being towed on tractors. Here are two (somewhat edited for space) that I enjoyed.
How many of you have seen a Cord automobile? Although the first Cord car was introduced in 1929, I don’t remember ever seeing one on the road when I was a boy, and I knew the name, and usually the model of virtually every car I saw.
Over the years, I’ve read many sad tales in the tractor magazines of towing adventures going comically wrong (often with a real potential for disaster), and I’ve a few such stories of my own.
As most of you don’t remember, my birthday falls early in August and I always wax a little nostalgic around this time. For a number of years, I’ve had a low grade itch to own an old car or truck, but hate to spend the money that people want for most of them.
I have a reprint of The Country Gentleman’s Catalogue for 1894. Published in England, it was meant not for the English yeoman farmer who actually did the work, but for the “gentlemen” who owned those farms and estates.