RealAg Bookclub: Farmall Century — One hundred years of red tractors

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Just as farms tend to stay in families for generations, so too does the farm tractor brand.

Some farms are fiercely loyal to green, red, or their chosen colour and for good reason. Tractors, especially some of the early models, are connected to legacy, to the memories of grandparents and great-grandparents, and to the history of the farm itself.

This love of old tractors has spawned collections of the real deal, models, and plenty of books highlighted the history and the evolution of long-standing brands.

Lee Klancher, author of several tractor books, has just published “Farmall Century” that shares the story and visual history of the brand, beginning in 1923, and captures the evolution of red tractors.

Klancher says that like so many others his passion for tractors and their history stems from a family connection. Through his books and photography, Klancher hopes to connect with those memories of older tractors, and offer some interesting stories about what the Farmall tractor meant to farmers in its heyday.

Listen/watch the full interview with Klancher below:

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