Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Let's Talk Rusty Iron

Let's Talk Rusty Iron

Sam Moore and Harold Probasco

I’ve never told the story of my 2002 visit to Harold Probasco of Huntsville, Utah. When I visited, Howard showed me the two tractors and very generously let me drive them as well.
threshing machine

Years ago, I bought a big stack of American Thresherman magazines from 1924 through 1932. The paper was started by Bascom B. Clarke in 1898, to cater to the many professional thresherman in the country.
toys by Christmas tree

Comparing today's Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog to the Winter 1930-1931 issue.
Pontiac tractor

Plans were to turn out 1,000 Pontiac Tractors for 1919. Apparently the demand for the Pontiac tractor didn’t live up to expectations and columnist Sam Moore doubts if any survived.
log cabin

I have a bound volume of The Cultivator, a monthly agricultural paper published in Albany, New York, for the year 1841, almost 175 years...
1909 Huselton

I had a real treat this past August at the Northeast Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association show in Portersville, Pennsylvania. Several times in...
American farmer cartoon

October 1939: Poland was desperately fighting the German Wehrmacht in the west and the Red Army in the east, vestiges of the Great Depression lingered in this country, FDR was well into his 2nd term as President and your author was in his second month of 1st grade at Court School, a one-roomed frame building in western Pennsylvania.
Pre-war Case VC

As late as the early 1930s, small acreage farmers with only two or three horses and wanting to go to power farming were left with few options.

Building a high quality body for a carriage “was an art in itself,” and even a good carpenter or cabinet maker would be unable to do it properly.

One of the many forgotten pioneers of the fledgling tractor industry was George T. Strite.
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