Score a Vintage Tractor At Auction!
By Tom Seest
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A family of a recently deceased local collector has amassed more than 85 vintage tractors to be auctioned off for charity at an upcoming event, with proceeds benefitting the YMCA of Easley, Pickens, and Powdersville.
These tractors rarely appear for sale, and when they do, buyers know what they have when they see it. These types of auctions or sales are great places to buy the older, vintage iron.
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Paper items have long been prized by collectors as valuable investments and sources of historical insight, while those interested in equipment restoration may use literature from these items as part of their efforts.
Wally Miller of Creston, Iowa, specializes in collecting machinery-related paper items. He typically finds his finds at swap meet, toy shows, and steam shows. Wally’s personal favorite piece features less-common machinery. Other collectors may specialize in literature or art genres. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg painted an oil on canvas scene from rural village life in 1937 that measures 36.5×118 cm when framed; its back bears both the Whitney Museum of American Art label as well as the Kraushaar Galleries label for authenticity.
USDA Yearbooks provided honest and comprehensive assessments of domestic agriculture each year. In 1922’s yearbook, for instance, one noted an over-reliance on wheat and corn that resulted in an excess of those crops, which threatened food security.
The Red Power Museum Collection pays a fitting homage to International Harvester (IH) tractors and their legacy. This impressive display features numerous IH tractors and implements as well as books, magazines, and publications that were donated by collectors and admirers of IH tractors.
This collection is an absolute must for any IH enthusiast, housing over 250 full-sized tractors in an expansive museum in Avoca, Iowa. Visitors will also see pedal tractors, toys, artwork, and other IH memorabilia. Tours are offered year-round!
For anyone curious about antique tractors and history, this museum should not be missed. Their extensive collection contains over 75,000 artifacts, including vintage trucks and tractors and historical photos, maps, and documents.
The museum is an excellent destination for the whole family and offers something fun for every member. With an ever-expanding collection of military equipment, agricultural machinery, and domestic vehicles – not to mention children! – visitors will enjoy exploring this historical gem.
Stonefield Historic Site in Wisconsin houses one of the nation’s most diverse and eclectic tractor collections from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, such as items related to IH prototype dealership showrooms from this period. It offers visitors a fun learning experience while adding charm and atmosphere.
One of the most intriguing exhibits at the museum is a 1917 IH Model 65 pay wagon used to haul corn or hay for sale, an exceptionally rare example of such equipment and an invaluable part of American history.
The museum hosts the Red Power Round Up annually – a national gathering for IH enthusiasts bringing tractors, engines, and other memorabilia for display; demonstrations also take place, such as threshing and corn shelling.
Are you an enthusiast of IH tractors? Then this museum should not be missed! Featuring an impressive collection of IH memorabilia and other items – including an impressive 1930s IH model 240! Furthermore, there are displays and exhibits related to their history and lore that you’re sure to appreciate.
Gary has had a passion for green tractors since 1976 and began collecting them then. At first, he focused on collecting newer models but eventually expanded his collection with older tractors like 440 MFWDs as well.
One of the highlights in his collection is a John Deere 101 Experimental Tractor, one of only one owned privately and one of the rarest John Deere collectibles ever produced. This tractor features a two-cylinder petrol engine that works alongside its diesel counterpart to start and get going quickly – perfect for cold weather work environments!
The collection also houses an abundance of books, manuals, parts lists, and brochures from around the globe that give insight into this iconic company and its international reach. These pieces offer invaluable knowledge of its history.
John Deere & Company began its corporate art program in 1965 with the intention of showcasing works that enhanced Eero Saarinen’s distinctive architectural spaces for their Moline headquarters. Over time, this collection grew to include works from Grant Wood, Marc Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, and more; all artifacts in it were meticulously preserved using multi-stage conservation processes with detailed inventories kept for safekeeping during treatment.
This collection also contains rare and historic films from John Deere’s archives, which provide us with a glimpse into key milestones in its history and provide an impression of life at certain periods. Neil Dahlstrom, Manager of Corporate Archives and History at John Deere, notes that digitizing these films enables people to go back in time and see the company as it was then.
This auction will also offer rare John Deere items such as fenders, hammer straps, and even a hard-to-find-to-find 1970s sign from John Deere. For more information and registration to bid, visit this website. The auction begins at 8 a.m. on February 23, and bidding can take place both in-person and online.
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