Sunday, September 18, 2016

Montana Fun

On one of the days of sunny weather, we went to an antique agricultural equipment fair. There was a John Deere tractor manufactured in 1932, plus a few more (all in immaculate condition) of newer vintage (1940's and 50's), as well as some steam-powered machinery.

This steam tractor was being used to run a large mill-sized saw blade about 20 yards/meters away. Naturally, the operator had to blast the steam whistle and startle all the attendees.

My favorite machine (aside from an old Ford pickup truck almost identical to the 1930's green truck my grandfather drove) was this pre-electric wooden wringer washer. Please do click on the thumbnail to see the full-size image, and note the manufacturer name imprinted above the wringer.

Everywhere we went, we were accompanied by my brother's dog, Rosie, a sweet-natured Golden Retriever. She came to the antique machinery fair, and nearly bolted when the steam whistle went off. Poor thing, she's never heard a sound like that - she was skittish and shivering for 5 minutes afterward!

1 comment:

Deanna said...

Sometime, you and your husband might like to visit the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA. Lots of neat old equipment, plus a Weavers Barn full of looms.