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31.

THE AMERICAN GRAIN ELEVATOR

Linda Laird
Paperback

Price: $23.00

Beautiful New Paperback with over 150 illustrations tells the story of how grain storage began and elevators were invented. Includes sections on a variety materials used in the mid-west from the 1800s…

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Beautiful New Paperback with over 150 illustrations tells the story of how grain storage began and elevators were invented. Includes sections on a variety materials used in the mid-west from the 1800s to today with many historic photos and 86 full color examples of these wonderful and fascinating buildings that are integral to our farm heritage.

About the author
Linda Laird was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She was always fascinated with the shapes of the grain elevators that define the horizon in that flat place. She became a historic preservation consultant and community planner, moved back to Kansas and married a John Deere loving, ex-farmboy from rural Reno County.

In 1992 the Kansas state legislature revised the tax code to include taxing the historic wooden elevators used primarily for storage or remaining empty. Many of the oldest wood frame elevators have been torn down or burned since then to avoid taxes. Laird and her husband, Larry Haney, were determined to at least photographically document each elevator in Kansas before the destruction was complete. They were encouraged by The James Marsden Fitch Charitable Trust, a New York foundation that provides mid-career grants to historic preservation projects. The grant allowed them to travel through the mid-west researching and photographing elevators in a multi-state area. This book is a product of that grant.

The original goal of photographing all of the elevators in Kansas was achieved in 2003 when over 1200 elevators had been photographed and documented in a searchable index. It is now possible for the first time to write a history of grain elevators in the state.

Laird's next book will focus on the historic significance of the documented elevators with attention to the various architectural styles and materials used in the continuous development of Kansas elevators.


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TIPS, TOOLS, AND TECHNIQUES

Georgia Kemp Caraway
Paperback

Price: $16.95

What common baking ingredient can conceal white rings on furniture? (Crushed pecans.) How do you detect a repair in a pottery vase you want to buy? (Look at it under a black light.) What’s the best w…

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What common baking ingredient can conceal white rings on furniture? (Crushed pecans.) How do you detect a repair in a pottery vase you want to buy? (Look at it under a black light.) What’s the best way to remove water damage from your great-grandfather’s Bible? (Put it in your freezer.)

Answers to these questions and many more are included in this convenient handbook by long-time antiques expert Dr. Georgia Kemp Caraway. Organized alphabetically, Tips, Tools, and Techniques is easy to consult about the cleaning and maintenance of common antique and collectible objects, including metal advertising signs, glassware, clothing, and jewelry. Addenda provide information such as how to get a good deal at auction, the dates of Chinese dynasties, and U.S. patent numbers. An especially handy pronunciation guide helps the monolingual among us speak with confidence about the provenance of Gallé ware and Schlegelmilch porcelain.

Compact yet authoritative, this handbook will appeal to both dealers and buyers, as well as everyone with something from Grandma in the attic.


33.

THE FARMER'S ALMANAC 2013


Hardcover

Price: $15.95

America's best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Almanac contains everything under the sun: facts, feature articles and advice … and…

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America's best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Almanac contains everything under the sun: facts, feature articles and advice … and all of it still guided by the words of the Almanac's first editor, Robert B. Thomas, who demanded content that was "useful, with a pleasant degree of humor."

The 2013 edition, which marks the publication's 221st anniversary, will feature:

  • Weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus hints of how a low sunspot cycle could influence conditions in the coming years
  • The most accurate astronomical data in the solar system, with recommendations for best viewing every month
  • Safe and easy home remedies for each season’s most common—and uncomfortable—aches and ailments
  • Fail-safe gardening tips to ensure a hefty harvest, ideas for using vegetable plants as ornamentals, plus gardening by the moon
  • Delicious recipes for home-baked cakes, cookies and pies; plus readers' best bacon dishes
  • Amusing and enlightening articles on raising children, kisses, and why pets bite (and how to stop them)
  • And much more!
Added value this year:
  • 80 full-color pages
  • Full-color national weather maps of winter and summer forecasts


34.

BEAUTIFUL TRACTORS


Paperback

Price: $19.95

Beautiful Tractors presents a fabulous variety of the world's most magnificent agricultural machines, each primed, polished and gleaming in all its robust glory. Stylishly lit against a studio backdro…

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Beautiful Tractors presents a fabulous variety of the world's most magnificent agricultural machines, each primed, polished and gleaming in all its robust glory. Stylishly lit against a studio backdrop, these superb photographs of vintage and modern masterpieces make for an impressive lineup of engineering prowess. Each photograph is accompanied by a directory, offering information on the machine's history, production, distribution, use and, of course, size. From the elegant early Titan (1915, and oddly reminiscent of Stephenson's Rocket) to the classic "big red tractor" looks of the prosaically named Allis-Chalmers "Model U" (1930), there's plenty here to stir the senses, whether you're a bona fide petrol head or merely nostalgic for a simpler world in which a straightforward piece of farm machinery could also be a feast for the eye.


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IHC HERITAGE: THE BEST OF INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER

Farm Collector Editors
Paperback

Price: $7.99

Celebrate the rich heritage of International Harvester in this Special Collector's Edition from Farm Collector. Featuring more than 30 articles about the great tractors, engines, equipment and implem…

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Celebrate the rich heritage of International Harvester in this Special Collector's Edition from Farm Collector. Featuring more than 30 articles about the great tractors, engines, equipment and implements that made International Harvester famous, IHC Heritage is a glossy-paged guide that is rich in history, facts, entertaining stories, photographs and more.

Organized into three categories - tractors and gas engines, implements and equipment, collections and memorabilia - this guide covers everything from a 1909 vertical engine to 1950 Farmall Cubs, from McCormick-Deering to a rare International Auto Truck. Readers will recognize familiar names such as Sam Moore, Bill Vossler and Oscar H. Will III as they recount the history of International and the machines that made the name famous.

Articles include:

  • Proud Survivor: 1909 Type A is one of the oldest running gas tractors in the U.S.
  • Titans of the Turf: Garden tractors were built to last.
  • The First Reaper: The beginning of farm mechanization.
  • Loading the Haymow: Putting up hay with McCormick-Deering.
  • Keeping the Dream Alive: Iowa museum 40 years in the making.
  • Putting the Classics to Work: Collector uses "old red" equipment on the farm.
… And more!


36.

THE FARMALL DYNASTY

Lee Klancher
Paperback

Price: $19.95

The Farmall Dynasty recounts the dramatic story of the developmental history of tractors built by International Harvester, the dominant agricultural manufacturer of the early 20th century. The book tr…

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The Farmall Dynasty recounts the dramatic story of the developmental history of tractors built by International Harvester, the dominant agricultural manufacturer of the early 20th century. The book traces the evolution of the Farmall tractor from the early Titans and Moguls through to modern times.

The book includes well-researched accounts of the development of the original Farmall, the Letter Series, the 4100, Cub and other legendary IHC tractors, with firsthand accounts from factory engineers describing the challenges they faced.

This book is an update of the rare and out-of-print International Harvester Photographic History.


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BARNYARD CONFIDENTIAL

Melinda Keefe
Hardcover

Price: $21.99

Huge Holiday Gift Sale! Sale Price: $17.59. Enter code MMEEMEBE on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

A lighthearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm…

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Huge Holiday Gift Sale! Sale Price: $17.59. Enter code MMEEMEBE on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

A lighthearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm lore, Barnyard Confidential covers everything you need to know about living in the country, from courting to dealing with manure, root picking to rat catching, winter chores to tractor restoration, hay mows to outhouses … anything and everything related to farm life. Entries from well-known country authors like E. B. White, Gwen Petersen, Roger Welsch and Patricia Penton Leimbach range from funny definitions to full stories and are illustrated throughout with a charming mix of fun, nostalgic, black-and-white photos and illustrations. These stories are both humorous and practical and will remind you why you often have a love-hate relationship with rural living. Before you move to the country (or even if you already live there), learn all the secrets to success from Barnyard Confidential.

Featured authors include: Eric Sloane, Roger Welsch, Gwen Petersen, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Bob Artley, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Hamlin Garland, E. B. White, Jerry Stelmok, Louis Bromfield, Bob Becker, William Hazlett Upson, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Jerry L. Twedt, Michael Perry, Willa Cather, Jerry Apps, Josh Billings, Michael Dregni, Jared Van Wagenen Jr., Hugh Orchard, Dorothy Canfield, Virginia Bell Dabney, Tom Anderson, Ronald Jager, Margret Aldrich, Bill Vossler, and Gordon Green.


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BLACKSMITHING WITH BOB RUPERT DVD

Ben Nelson, Bob Rupert
DVD

Price: $29.99

The Blacksmithing Basics DVD set features award-winning traditional smith Bob Rupert teaching what you need to know to get into blacksmithing. The 2-hour, 2-disc set explains all the basics of traditi…

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The Blacksmithing Basics DVD set features award-winning traditional smith Bob Rupert teaching what you need to know to get into blacksmithing. The 2-hour, 2-disc set explains all the basics of traditional blacksmithing. That includes tools and various techniques such as Twist, Taper, Hot Cut, Punch Hole, Slit Hole and Forge Welding; starting and managing the fire in a traditional forge; using charcoal; and making coke. (122 minutes)


39.

RED TRACTORS 1958-2013

Lee Klancher
Hardcover

Price: $75.00

This authoritative history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors includes data and photos of every model built from 1958 to 2013, as well as in-depth information about how these tractors were designed and constructed. With interviews of engineers and executives, the book covers how the 40 and 60 series were created, and thoroughly covers the red tractors from the 1960s through the 1980s. The book also traces the innovations and struggles of the final days of International Harvester. The authors unearthed a treasure trove of concept drawings and photos of prototype machines to shed new light on how these tractors were created. The book includes the exciting story of the creation of the Case-IH Magnum, an innovative machine that blends some of the great engineering done by IH with the Cummins engine built by Case. The modern era of Case IH is also included, with the story of the creation of the Quadtrac as well as the entire line of tractors. With a mix of new photography of some of the most exceptional collectible models in existence along with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, this thorough book is the most authoritative guide on red tractors ever published.

Within the pages of Red Tractors, 1958-2013, you'll find:

  • Design and development history of the tractors, with firsthand accounts from the engineers and other product-development specialists at IH and Case IH
  • More than 725 images of IH and Case IH tractors, including previously unpublished concept drawings as well as images of prototypes, test mules and more
  • Information on North American, British, German, Australian and French models from the leading experts on red tractors

40.

RAILROADS FOR MICHIGAN

Graydon Meints
Hardcover

Price: $49.95

In this thoroughly researched history, Graydon Meints tells the fascinating story of the railroad's arrival and development in Michigan. An engaging and accessible text, Railroads for Michigan describ…

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In this thoroughly researched history, Graydon Meints tells the fascinating story of the railroad's arrival and development in Michigan. An engaging and accessible text, Railroads for Michigan describes the long-awaited and often-troubled advent of the railroad in the state, the building of which shifted from private to public efforts and back again, amid tumultuous social, business and political developments. The railroad would come to play a role in almost every critical event in Michigan's history, including the Civil War, the Granger Movement, and the Gilded Age, before beginning to wane following the arrival of the automobile, the Interstate Commerce Commission, World War I and the Great Depression. A brief growth spurt during World War II was short-lived, and it was followed by the collapse of several major railroads and the formation of Amtrak and Conrail. Looking ahead to the future of the railroad in the Great Lakes region, Meints assesses the strengths and shortcomings of this revolutionary invention. With careful attention to the personal impact of the railroad, Meints recognizes in brief biographies the many men and women responsible for the development and operation of Michigan railroads, as well as the triumphs, tragedies and spaces that shaped their lives and work.

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