Ford Fire Trucks by Kent Parrish is a wide ranging collection with tremendous captioned info with each photo. And there are a lot of photos, over 400, most in color but some in black and white.Ranging from 1917 Model T’s that were custom built into fire engines all the way to 2009, the book is broken up into ten chapters, roughly one for each decade. I had no idea there were so many companies taking the medium and heavy duty trucks (including COE and C series) and custom building cabs and equipment for fire fighting.
If you purchased the Ford Medium Duty or Ford Heavy Duty Trucks books, then Ford Fire Trucks is a great companion. Over 140 pages, $34.95 plus s&h.
Classic Farm Tractors: The History of the Farm Tractor is an exceptionally well done reprint under the Crestline name which specializes in picking up books that have gone out of print. Continue reading
Before refrigeration and commercial ice production, ice was cut from lakes and ponds and stored for the summer delivery. In this 66-minute video, we go back in time to the days of ice harvesting.
In a world that seems full of “fake news,” Tweets and distractions that have no substance in our current state of affairs, there can be much joy in reading about simple living, written in a straightforward style with wonderful cartoon illustrations.
By Larry Gorbet. N-News Winter 2018. Vol. 33 No. 1
Tractors were part of the fabric of the community in Lonoke, Arkansas, a small farming community of about 4,200 people. A friend told me about a 901 fifteen years ago – a propane model. And nothing was easy on this restoration which took place over twelve years. Continue reading
N-News Autumn 2017. Vol. 32 No. 4
Unless there is a son or daughter who is interested in your tractor, there comes a time when you need to send it on to the next owner. In one story, a son who lives 2000 miles away has to decide what to do with his father’s tractor. The other story picks up the first left off: an 8N ready for a new life with a new family. Continue reading
By Dennis Hamblin. N-News Summer 2017. Vol. 32 No. 3
My NAA story goes like this: my wife and I moved to a small piece of property outside of Dallas. My dad said that I needed a tractor to maintain the place, so we started the search and soon found a mechanically restored NAA Golden Jubilee painted all one color. We pooled our money and bought it. Now it’s a member of the family. Continue reading
By Jeff Johnson. N-News Autumn 2016. Vol. 31 No. 3
My wife and I decided to move out of the suburbs and build a house on the old family farm in central Indiana. I asked my uncle whether I could get by with an overgrown lawn and garden tractor or if I needed something bigger. The man with the John Deere 4430 said, “You need more tractor than that.” I soon found the 8N. But it wasn’t pretty! As I degreased and lightly sanded the frame, I found the serial number – 8N 279422. I thought, “Hey wait – that’s a 1950 serial number!” Continue reading
The autonomous tractor not only recalls a century-long displacement of human labor by technology in farming, but underscores how productivity-enhancing technologies have already transformed farming for all but the niche producers. Continue reading
We’ve seen industry after industry ‘disrupted’ by the introduction of new technologies, with automation in particular making great inroads. Farm yields, of course, have long benefited from the substitution of machine for human labor. But did we expect to see machines driving tractors so soon? With actual ‘farmers’ out of the mix, will farming one day be reduced only to administration and management tasks?