American Trucks of the 1950s

Here is a wonderful little book that visually focuses on the trucks of North America (including Canada) from the 1950s. What is especially nice here is the focus on larger trucks, commercial trucks and industrial trucks. $29.95.

Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors

Field guide to classic tractors (book review)

I don’t think anyone has written more books about classic farm tractors than Bob Pripps. And that is probably a good thing when it comes to a field guidebook. And, this is a GOOD one. Over 200 pages, softcover, color photos throughout. New from the N-News; $24.99.

American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture and the Land

American Geogics

Agriculture has been a touchstone of security and growth for humanity since we gave up our hunting and gathering ways. This book is a chronology of writings on agriculture, which detail the history of how we as Americans have embraced, rebuffed and re-embraced the ideas (and ideals) of agriculture and the agrarian lifestyle. $14.95.

Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Wisdom of the Last Farmer

David Mas Masumoto has authored a wonderfully touching story of a Japanese-American family in the central valley of California. Prior to farming, along with other West Coast Japanese-American families, the Masumoto family was relocated to the Arizona internment camps in the early 1940s. They endured many hardships, but eventually were able to return to California and small farming. $9.85.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

Why Did The Chicken Cross the World?

Subtitled, ‘The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization, Andrew Lawler’s has encapsulated the history of humanity through our involvement with chickens! Starting with the earliest known ancestor of the domestic chicken, the red jungle fowl, Lawler shows how the human appetite for chicken continues to grow. $11.95.

The Tractor Factor

The Tractor Factor

Again, author Robert Pripps comes through with another tractor book that you need for your shelf. Here he does an amazing job of explaining rare models of both common and uncommon manufacturers within a historic context. $27.

A Guide To Ford, Fordson & New Holland Tractors

A Guide to Ford Fordson book cover

As a reference guide this book is brief and to the point, listing the most salient information formatted chronologically. In this respect it functions as a very convenient field guide. The no–nonsense black and white archive photos, taken mostly from promotional literature, present the oldest, most familiar images of each tractor in its moment of inception. Just $16.

Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design

Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design book cover

The machine age (arguably 1875-1950) in the United States and Europe yielded some of the most elegant industrial design. As proof of its popularity, there are catalogs today that specialize in reproductions of these designs. Rizzoli recently published the hardcover Vintage Industrial: Living with Machine Age Design, by by Mischa De Potestad & Patrice Pascal, which does a wonderful job of looking at turn of the century industrial design and putting it in context. $45.00 new.

Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Another excellent Taunton Press book to help the do-it-yourselfer plan, prep, install and finish not just cabinets, but the whole kitchen including counter tops. A comprehensive, multimedia approach with DVD. $9.95.