This Old Tractor: A Treasury of Vintage Tractors and Family Farm Memoriesby Michael Dregni, Todd R. Berger
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.
"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"
"If you were brought up in a rural area, or wish you'd been raised a farm boy, this book is bound to strike other familiar and welcome chords." "Classic Auto Restorer"
"There's more to this book than just interesting writing. Dregni has mixed in a good balance of illustrations, including contemporary photos of vintage tractors, vintage photos of what once were contemporary tractors, and pictures of tractor ephemera, such as catalogs and advertising." "Antique Week"
". . . an interesting compilation of short stories by semi famous people in the antique tractor business . . . . In it, you find stories by C.H. Wendel, Robert Pripps, Don Macmillan and others. There's some interesting photos and articles, focusing mainly on tractors the authors knew when they were growing up. This is not a reference book that you'll go back to time after time, but is well worth the couple of hours you'll spend to read it. Many of the articles will take you back to a time when farming was less of a business and more of a way of life." "Green Magazine"
Meet the Author
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.
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