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The Farm Tractor: 100 Years of North American Tractors

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At last in paperback, here is the biggest, best, and most complete history of classic farm tractors. All North American models make their appearance—from John Deere and Farmall to fascinating “orphans” like the Iron Mule, from the late 1800s steamers through the high-powered workhorses of the 1970s. In addition to high-detail large-format photography, the volume includes 100 color and black-and-white archival photos, advertising posters, and brochures. The result is an unparalleled look at the icon of American ...

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Overview

At last in paperback, here is the biggest, best, and most complete history of classic farm tractors. All North American models make their appearance—from John Deere and Farmall to fascinating “orphans” like the Iron Mule, from the late 1800s steamers through the high-powered workhorses of the 1970s. In addition to high-detail large-format photography, the volume includes 100 color and black-and-white archival photos, advertising posters, and brochures. The result is an unparalleled look at the icon of American agriculture.

“Sander’s work . . . comes close to earning the elusive label of ‘definitive.’ This large-format, beautifully photographed book is perfect for general browsing. . . . An excellent book for those who know that tractors embody more than metal.”

Farm Industry News

“If you enjoy learning about the rich history of tractors, this book is for you . . . Besides its in-depth look at some of the rarest tractors ever made, the book also features more than 400 photos.” — FFA New Horizons

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A triumph for dedicated owners and an inspiration for restorers everywhere. Well done to Ralph W. Sanders for this remarkable and classic compendium.

Tractor & Machinery (UK), December 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760330746
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Photographer-author Ralph W. Sanders has photographed tractors for more than 40 years. Ralph grew up on an Illinois farm where he had ample opportunity to "exercise" a 1933 Farmall F-12 and 1948 Farmall C, as well as a Farmall H, Farmall MD, and McCormick W-6. He has worked for Prairie Farmer; Successful Farming; and as a full-time freelance agricultural photographer for Deere & Co., Massey-Ferguson, Kinze Mfg., Vermeer Mfg., DuPont Ag, Monsanto Ag, and others. Sanders is the author of several books from Voyageur Press. He lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Bob Feller is a baseball hall of famer and vintage tractor collector.

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Contents

 

Acknowledgments

Foreword             by Bob Feller, Baseball Hall of Famer, vintage tractor collector

Chapter 1            Muscles to Motors

Chapter 2            Allis-Chalmers

Chapter 3            J. I. Case

Chapter 4            Caterpillar

Chapter 5            John Deere

Chapter 6            Ford

Chapter 7            International Harvester

Chapter 8            Massey-Ferguson

Chapter 9            Minneapolis-Moline

Chapter 10          Oliver Corporation

Chapter 11          Orphans and Others Tractor Timeline

Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Father's Day Gift

    This was a gift for my dad on Father's Day. He worked on a farm as a young man and has loved tractors and farming since I can remember. He now has a huge collection of 'toy' tractors. He loved this book!

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