The March issue of Farm Collector Magazine just resurfaced on my desk; there is something about the Massey-Harris Pony on the cover that makes me smile. It’s true that I am especially partial to International Harvester tractors, but I really like the little Pony because it reminds me of the Farmall Cub. If ever there was a cute tractor, this is it.
Farm Collector is one of my favorite magazines because it honors the people, machinery and companies that coalesced to form the firm foundation of world-wide agriculture. The March issue has a great story on William Galloway and his implement company. Who among old-iron enthusiasts wouldn’t love to own a nicely preserved Galloway tractor or engine?
My favorite story in this issue has to be Loretta Sorensen’s tribute to the Farmall Promenade … a tractor square dancing troupe from Iowa that has entertained thousands of spectators around the country for a decade. The group’s final performance was last August, but you can see a video of their performance art here. I am trying to be partial here, but it is true that Farmall was an IH brand.
The March issue’s centerfold is a facsimile of a breathtaking 1928 Case Plow Co. ad. Wow, what is it about agricultural-ephemera that is so compelling. Although, I will admit that I cannot imagine operating a triple hitch, much less any horse-drawn turning plow, the image is of a place that I would like to see. And it is every bit as worthy of hanging on my wall at home as the few pieces of original art we own.
If you are at all interested in the way things were handled, down on the farm in days gone by, or in learning more about your rich agricultural heritage, check out Farm Collector Magazine. If you hunt around on the Farm Collector website, I suspect you will find a subscription offer that is hard to resist. I say don’t resist … give yourself a treat today.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.