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Check out Issue #20 Outtakes
Issue #20 was mailed the first week of October. LQ #20 features the Massey Ferguson Super 90, the Massey-Harris #2 and a special pictorial on the Esbenshade family’s Golden Harvest Days Show in Oklahoma. In fact, we had such a good response from readers about their Super 90 tractors that I will continue that feature in January. If you wanted to send information and photos about your Super 90 but didn’t get a round to it, you have a second chance. The additional feature on the MF Super 90 is also included in this issue, along with many photos and a history of the tractor and its design.
Tom and Cindy Jansen share their newly restored Massey-Harris #2 with readers, and it is a beauty. I couldn’t fit all of the restoration photos into the story, so I will include the rest of them here in the Outtakes. There is also a companion article about Dent Parrett and the tractor that he designed. Massey-Harris purchased the rights to that tractor which they built and it became the #1, #2 and #3.
We produced our longest article to date on the Golden Harvest Days Show. We had a large number of great photos taken by Angela Napiwocki and wanted to uses as many as possible. I talked a length with Jim and Barbara Esbenshade about their amazing working Massey show and this article is the result. It is a delight to read as well as view!
Regular contributor, Harold Lang, shares his large and unusual Massey toy collection and writes about how his long career with Massey Ferguson led to the many unusual items in his collection.
There is also some seasonal content to help get you in the mood for the Christmas Holidays! David Turner returns with another story about his childhood in the 1950’s as he grew up on a farm in Ontario. It is beautifully illustrated by our favorite artist, Johnny Filipchuk. We also include another vintage Massey Christmas card from the Craig Sitter Collection.
You will enjoy reading the three Extended Letters included in this issue as families bring stories about their past and the tractors and combines that were a big part of it to the readers of Legacy Quarterly.
Don’t forget to order you 2015 Legacy Quarterly calendar. With the continued support of Massey Ferguson, we were able to hold the price to $12, which includes shipping to U.S. addresses. Massey-Harris, Ferguson, Massey Ferguson–we’ve included them all! We ran out of calendars last years so order early to avoid disappointment.
I hope that you enjoy issue #20. Gary Heffner, editor
Check out Issue #19 Outtakes
Issue #19 was mailed the last week of June but because of the July 4th holiday, many readers east of the Mississippi didn’t get their copies until the second week of July. Subscribers in Canada took even longer. The main feature in this issue was John Farnworth’s article about Massey-Harris built tanks. It was one of the longest articles that we have published, running fourteen pages in length. That was followed by a two page sidebar containing some interesting and very personal primary information by a member of the Army 603rd Tank company. The author, Wayne Williams, had actually trained on and driven the Massey built tanks during the Second World War.
I always try and include at least one combine article in the July issue and LQ #19 contains former Massey Ferguson employee, Frank Vieira’s account of his travels in Communist China during the 1980’s. Frank and Arnott Neals were sent to demonstrate a MF 860 combine on a government farm collective.
A touching story about the restoration of a Massey-Harris Pony and Gordon Barnett’s article about Canadian collector Garry Wilson’s ½ scale model collection, round out this issue.
We have started work on the Legacy Quarterly 2015 calendar. If you have a good seasonal, high-resolution photo, you are welcome to submit it for consideration. Anything that was produced–tractors or equipment–by Massey-Harris, Ferguson or Massey Ferguson is welcome.
I hope that you enjoy LQ #19. It has a great cover shot by our good friend Super-T. The back cover is an excellent shot of Canadian collector Garry Grycki’s Massey-Harris Serial #1 Model 201. Please keep the photos and letters coming! Gary
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Check out Issue #18 Outtakes
Issue #18 will be in the mail the first week of April. The feature story is the Moline built Massey Ferguson 95 and 97 tractors. Other stories include a story and pictorial about the last Minnesota Ski Whiz “Whiz-N” Day, an update on Champion Pro Stock Massey Ferguson puller, Carlton Cope, the UK built, Canadian sold Ferguson 2085, the Little Ferguson That Could, and the restoration of a MF 97 tractor. An “Extended Letter” by reader David Mullnix about his father’s last MF 65 tractor ride is an inspirational piece you won’t want to miss.
The special feature in Issue #19 will be an exclusive article by noted UK author John Farnworth documenting World War II tank production in Racine, Wisconsin. The article is richly illustrated and chronicles a little known aspect of Massey-Harris Company history.
There will also be several sections about combines and harvesting so if you have any great combine photos, be sure to send them in.
Don’t forget David Turner’s book, In Search of Yesterday. See the Commercial Ads link for ordering details. Also there is a new book on the market called The Massey Murders, by Canadian author Charlotte Gray. Look for an ad and review in the July issue of Legacy.
I have also started working on next years calendar. If you have any really good seasonal photos of tractors or Massey equipment, e-mail me high-resolution images and they will be considered for the 2015 calendar!
Don’t forget the 200 Series Massey-Harris Tractor Registry. It will be updated and republished again in January of 2015.
Sue and I hope to see you at a show sometime this summer!
See outtakes we couldn't fit into Issue #17
Issue #17 was mailed the first week of January. Feature stories include: Carlton Copes’ MF 2805 National Pro Stock pulling tractor, the Massey-Harris 200 Series tractor registry, the history of Massey production at Batavia, New York, Newcastle, Ontario–the first Massey factory, Bob Holden’s Massey Ferguson collection, plus great photos from Working Tractors Part 2. Plus more letters in RFD, Memories of Iowa farm life with a M-H 44 and much more!
We are totally out of Legacy Quarterly calendars. We had a huge rush of orders right at Christmas. Thanks to everyone who placed their orders and we apologize to those of you who missed out. We will order even more calendars next year.
As usual, keep the cards, e-mails, letters and great photos coming.
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