Birth of a Collector

| 4/19/2016 4:05:00 PM

Mel BooneVery rarely do I get acceptance from fellow antique tractor collectors. I've decided that the reason is probably the obvious. I'm a woman in a man's hobby. Yes, I know. Heads and eyeballs are going to roll with those words, but I can't help it. I'm not bashful about pointing out the obvious. It's a man's hobby, therefore when men find out that I'm a collector too, they for the most part, won't and don't take me seriously. The have this smirk on their face like I'm pulling a joke on them and then act like I don't know anything or don't exist.


For those in the tractor collector community that do accept me, they take time to ask what kind of an influence I had to get into this hobby. Well, I've never been into telling a short story. Just hang in there if you're willing to keep reading.

When my grandpa started farming back in the 1960s, he started out with a John Deere A and an International Little Genius 2 bottom plow. Before long, he added a couple more John Deeres, a model M and a model 60.

By the time I  came along in 1975, the M and A had left the farm. Their replacement was a 1973 Massey Ferguson 165. The 165 and 60 worked side by side from 1974 up until about 1980. At that point, the 60 was traded in for a used 1978 Massey Ferguson 285 diesel.

I was just shy of my fifth birthday when the John Deere 60 was traded in. I don't remember much about it. However, it must have left a mark on my subconscious without my realizing it.