Voyageur Press offers four new coffee-table books just in time for Christmas shopping. The books will please any hard-to-buy-for relative who likes barns and farm equipment.
Classic Farm Tractors is primarily a photo album with extensive captions on all makes of North American vintage machines through the 1960s. The author Cletus Hohman includes John Deere, Massey-Harris, Case, Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis-Chalmers and Caterpillar machinery in this overview of the era's tractors. Price of the 96-page, hardcover book is $19.95.
The Big Book of Massey Tractors is a comprehensive history of the famous Canadian tractor maker Massey-Harris-Ferguson. The book includes collectibles, sales memorabilia, ads from old farm magazines, and historic photos. Anyone who has owned a Massey tractor will enjoy this complete book written by Robert N. Pripps. Price of the 208-page, hardcover book is $39.95.
Eric Sloane's An Age of Barns is a reissue of Sloane's classic history of barn folklore, architecture and history, which has been out of print for 20 years. This review of barns contains illustrations of American and Canadian barns and everything associated with them, including implements, tools, silos, hinges and barn raisings. Price is $16.95 for the 96-page book.
The Little Book of John Deere pays tribute to the famous manufacturer through historic photos of the company's equipment, brochures and toys. Detailed captions and timelines tell the story of the company's growth. Published in a compact size, 5½ × 5½ in., the colorful book contains 90 pages and costs $14.95.
To purchase any of the books, contact Voyageur Press, Dept. FIN, Box 338, Stillwater, MN 55082, 800/888-9653, www.voyageurpress.com. Add $4.95 per order for shipping and handling.