Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Appreciating vintage farm equipment August 15, 2009

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Oliver Super 77

Oliver Super 77

Minneaspolis Moline U gauges

Minneapolis Moline U gauges

Up until several months ago, my interest in old tractors ranked at about zero. I simply couldn’t understand why my husband, Randy, liked looking at outdated farm stuff.

Now I get it.

While driving through Morgan last spring, we stopped to view a row of restored vintage tractors parked across the highway from Morgan Grain and Feed.

It was my idea to stop. Really.

And in the process, I discovered the beauty of old tractors—in the over-sized steering wheels, the curves of grills, the gleaming colors, the unique emblems. I saw not the mechanical, but the artistic, side of these farm machines.

A trip several months later to Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls reinforced my new interest in vintage tractors. Check out the forthcoming fall issue of Minnesota Moments magazine for a feature and photos from the ag museum.

And then just two weeks ago, while accompanying Randy to a Faribault farm where he is doing motor work on a 1950-T Oliver tractor, I got an eyeful of more aging ag equipment.

Fifteen-year-old Jarett led me on a tour through the farm yard and machine shed, pointing to this Oliver tractor and that Oliver tractor. This teen knows his tractors.

All the while, I snapped photos.

Again, I sought out the artistic aspect of these tractors.

To pique your interest, I’m sharing those photos, hoping that if you have not already discovered the beauty in old farm equipment, these images will entice you to take a second look.

Because I don’t want to overwhelm you, I’ll present a few pictures from this rural art gallery now and then more in a future blog.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear why you appreciate old stuff from the farm.

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Minneapolis Moline U

Minneapolis Moline U

Oliver Super 77 gauges

Oliver Super 77 gauges

Oliver 77

Oliver 77