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Unlocking the Secrets Of Classic Tractors

By Tom Seest

What Makes a Classic Tractor a Classic?

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Classic tractors bring families and communities closer together. Brian Baxter visits two collectors – Wendell Kelch with his 1908 IHC friction drive tractor and Jon Kinze with his repowered 1970 John Deere 4520 tractor equipped with field cultivator attachment – who enjoy these machines as much as we do.
This 13-month calendar measures 11×19 with spiral binding and is printed on 60# gloss paper stock with UV coating – ideal as a promotional item for feed and seed stores, farm supply stores, and more!

What Makes a Classic Tractor a Classic?

What Makes a Classic Tractor a Classic?

Classic tractors are iconic symbols of American agricultural history and also serve as an unifying force. Collecting tractors can form lifelong friendships and strengthen family ties. This new calendar features antique, vintage, and farm-new tractors once commonly found across American fields – including an orchard-specific John Deere 3020 with rare low-profile style designed for use with orchard trees; an ultra-rare 1917 Avery 18-36; and the 1957 Oliver Super 55 Diesel tractor from 1957 Oliver Super 55 Diesels!
DuPont Ag Products marketing manager John Harvey first conceptualized and then field-tested his idea of creating the Classic Tractor Calendar by running an advertisement in Gas Engine Magazine requesting readers submit photos of their restored antique tractors within two weeks – hundreds responded!
Harvey remembered how they’d played on each other’s hearts by plucking an emotional string and embarking on this new endeavor together. Harvey suggested they start over.
One year later, it was released at the Farm Progress Show in Rochester, Indiana, with 400 tractors on display. Since then, this calendar has become essential to tractor collectors and fans worldwide.
Every tractor featured in our 2019 calendar has an intriguing backstory, such as the January cover model Ford 8N with Funk conversion kit, which belonged to Howard Funk (founder of Funk Aircraft Company). Long Lake Napa resident George Funk is also an admirer of our calendar and shares an unusual connection with this Ford.
Each month of this calendar features a different vintage or antique tractor on its cover photo; each one comes complete with an interesting narrative about its owner and usage.
Tractors played an essential part in America’s past – from plowing fields and harvesting grains to running sawmills and operating sawmills – and are widely recognized for being workhorses of American history. Our classic tractor calendar honors and promotes this significant chapter of our nation’s story.
Each year, the Calendar Club issues a call for antique tractors that could be featured in its annual reunion, held each September at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association show in Boonville. Once chosen for inclusion, those selected can be displayed during an annual reunion at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association show in Boonville.

Which Classic Tractors are Featured?

Which Classic Tractors are Featured?

Unlock the Secrets of Classic Tractors?

Set Up is usually completed within three to four days and production and shipping should take 10-14 business days once approved (art, proof & payment are in order). We offer additional customization services at an extra charge so your school, sports team, organization, or company logo/message can be added.
Classic tractors bring back fond memories for many families, and this calendar serves as a tribute. Featuring restored antique tractor photos on 60# paper stock with UV coating and 13 months, 11 x 19 calendar pages.
Harvey quickly realized the appeal of these old machines at tractor shows and other events when he began selling calendars of them to promote them. Now operating under the name Classic Tractor Fever, Harvey sells calendars, DVDs, books, playing cards, and clothing at local, state, and national tractor shows as part of this business venture.
Case to Farmall, John Deere to Allis Chalmers, and Oliver to Minneapolis Moline — these iconic tractors are ready for another day in the field! This large format wall calendar makes an excellent addition to agricultural businesses, feed and seed stores, and farm supply stores – it also makes an excellent present on any special occasion!

Unlock the Secrets of Classic Tractors?

Unlock the Secrets of Classic Tractors?

Celebrate Classic Tractors: What’s Inside the 13-Month Calendar?

Dedicated tractor fans will love this 24×18 hanging calendar! It features iconic Case, Ford, Farmall, Allis Chalmers, and Minneapolis Moline models, as well as photos of their owners and stories about them. Additionally, there is room for notes and reminders – making this 24X18 calendar ideal for either the home or office!
In 1745, an American colonist from Maryland published The Georgian Calendar. It proposed using 13 months with 28-day months, making a year 364 days long; unlike its counterpart, Christian saints would be named on each day, and Christmas would take place every 365th day of the year. Reverend Hugh Jones advocated an alternative treatment of leap years and suggested shifting its starting point closer to the winter solstice.
Auguste Comte then introduced his 13-month Positivist Calendar, with months and weeks named for “saints” such as Moses, Homer, Archimedes, Caesar, Dante, St Paul, and Frederic as “Saints.” Each month and week started on the same date every year, with every 365th day designated a Null Day or Zero Day that never occurred within any week or month.
This form of calendar became very popular in the US after it was championed by George Eastman of Kodak. Cotsworth presented his 13-month, 28-day International Fixed Calendar (also referred to as the Cotsworth plan or Kodak calendar), which soon gained widespread adoption across numerous industries.
Proponents of the 13-month calendar contend it can better align solar and lunar cycles while simplifying business operations. By having 13 months instead of 12, Sunday always falls on day 8, which simplifies the scheduling of recurring events and shortens fiscal years considerably; additionally, it allows easier comparison of business performance from period to period.
Due to the Gregorian calendar’s widespread adoption in the 18th century, the 13-month calendar is no longer widely used today; however, some groups advocate a return to this alternative method of accounting and scheduling.

Celebrate Classic Tractors: What's Inside the 13-Month Calendar?

Celebrate Classic Tractors: What’s Inside the 13-Month Calendar?

How Will You Enjoy Classic Tractors?

Farm tractors bring people together across generations and miles, whether through working side by side or simply collecting them. Show your support of these classic machines with this beautiful 13-month wall calendar featuring bucolic scenes of classic tractors which have been making work easier for decades and space for personal notes and birthdays – perfect for feed and seed stores, garden centers, and any business looking for rural-themed promotions! 1-3 Days Setup + Transit Time (once payment received and approved proof approved). Poly Backed.

How Will You Enjoy Classic Tractors?

How Will You Enjoy Classic Tractors?

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