Pictures From the Past: Mixing it Up


'Clockwise from above: A 4 HP Moore “Sure Cool” and mixer photographed in Michigan some time before 1920; a 3 HP Associated on an early portable mixer, circa 1920; a Rock Island running a mixer in the 1920s. '

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Regular contributor David Babcock has a knack for coming across period photographs showing the equipment we collect and love as it was used - literally in its work clothes.

It's easy to forget how important stationary engines were to rural residents in the early days, mechanical beasts of burden that could lessen the physical toil of just about any job, on or off the farm. In this issue David sends in some period shots showing a variety of old engine-powered cement mixers at work in rural sites in the Upper Midwest.

Contact engine enthusiast David Babcock at: 3491 E. Deckerville Road, Cass City, MI 48726;