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This Old Tractor: A Treasury of Vintage Tractors and Family Farm Memories [Hardcover]

Ralph W. Sanders , Michael Dregni , Todd R. Berger


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May 1998
For many farmers their farm tractor is almost a part of the family. This Old Tractor is the ultimate oral and visual tribute to the classic farm tractor. The text is made up of humorous and sentimental tractor stories, essays, and memories about such momentous events as a farmer's first tractor, learning to drive a tractor, and the "art" of collecting and restoring tractors.

Part family farm nostalgia, part reminiscences about faithful old tractors, This Old Tractor is chock-full of endearing pieces written by all the well-known tractor book authors and historians: Randy Leffingwell, Ralph W. Sanders, Robert Pripps, C. H. Wendel, Bill Vossler, Don Macmillan, and CBS Sunday Morning's Roger Welsch. Other writers and farmers, such as John Hildebrand (author of Mapping the Family Farm), Sara De Luca (author of Dancing the Cows Home), and Patricia Penton Leimbach (author of several farm life books and considered the Erma Bombeck of the farm), also contribute. We've even tracked down historical tractor poetry!

The text of This Old Tractor is enhanced throughout by a variety of artwork, including farming paintings by Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, cartoons by Bob Artley (author of the syndicated cartoon series Memories of a Former Kid), historical photos, and full-color photos by Ralph W. Sanders, Randy Leffingwell, Andrew Morland, and others. Colorful old ads, tractor catalogs and magazine covers, and tractor toys are sure to bring back warm memories of cherished days spent on the family farm.

Also recommended: Vintage Farm Tractors, The Complete Cow, Soda Pop!, Harley-Davidson Collectibles.

Town Square Books from Voyageur Press provide entertaining, in-depth coverage of popular cultural icons, collectibles, nostalgia, and Americana. Town Square Books have an appealing balance of lively text, crisp full-color photography, and careful reproduction of rare archival material.



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". . .full of fascinating pictures, both painting and photographs, but spiced up with essays by some of the great American farm writers . . . ." -- Dave Woods' Book Report

"Beautiful pictures and trip down memory lane for lovers of Old Iron. This makes a great present for a loved one." -- Small Farm Today

"Here's a winner for the Heartland of America and everyone who appreciates the impact of motorized equipment on the farm." -- Old Cars Weekly News and Marketplace

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 This delightful collection contains memorable stories penned by Garrison Keillor, Roger Welsch, E.B. White, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Bill Holm, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Sara De Luca, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Jerry L. Twedt, and Robert Amerson. Contemporary farm photography and artwork from Grant Wood, Bob Artley, Charles Freitag, and Francis Lee Jaques accompany and complement (compliment) the text.  These stories are nostalgic, sentimental, and sometimes humorous, all paying homage to life on the farm. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Generations of farmers celebrate the tractor April 12 2006
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Format:Paperback
If you're a fan of vintage tractors, a farmer, or a collector, THIS OLD TRACTOR: A TREASURY OF VINTAGE TRACTORS AND FAMILY FARM MEMORIES is for you. Plenty of black and white and color photos throughout keep the vintage and modern tractor shots captivating for browsing or study, while recollections by farmers and tractor workers bring back memories of activities and concerns surrounding them. Celebrations of generations of farmers provide essays ranging from a husband's efforts to get more tractors on his farm under his wife's very nose to the experience of threshing day.

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