| February/March 1991

Readers Write

Stolen Name Plates

Here is one way to minimize the problem with stolen nameplates. Record all of your nameplates, or better yet, take photographs of them. Then, if one ends up missing, and later shows up on another engine, that person might have some explaining to do to the sheriff. Edwin H. Bredemeier, Route 1, Box 13, Steinauer, NE 68441.

We agree that if enough of our collectors would do this, then the risk to the thieves would increase somewhat. These might be a deterrent. For several other reasons, it is wise to have a photographic, or at least a written record of your engines and tractors. Then if something is lost or stolen, this information and/or photograph could be published so that collectors everywhere could be aware of these items. It sure would be tough to explain how a nameplate off of an engine out in Ohio ended up on some engine in Oregon, as an example. If we all get busy and exercise a little vigilance, perhaps this dishonorable habit might get nipped in the bud!

Model Makers Corner

Although not truly a model, but an old original engine, we put this one with the models because of its small size. See Photos MM-1 and MM-2. This is a small engine with the patent date of November 20, 1900. It is in perfect running condition, and I have been told that it is a Geda Flame Licker, but cannot verify this. It is 5 inches high and 7 inches long. Can anyone supply any information on this engine? David Rieso, P.O. Box 462, West Kingston, RI 02892.

Photos MM-3 and MM-4 are of a hand-carved model engine. It is a 1/3 scale of a John Deere 1? HP engine (6-inch flywheels). It uses a combination of cherry, redwood, ironwood, cedar, oak, and some others. It was carved by my neighbor, Jim Foy, and received two blue ribbons at recent wood carving shows. Photos MM-5 and MM-6 illustrate a scale model Witte engine that I finished this past year. M. Moyers, 37301 28th Ave S., #31, Federal Way, WA 98003.

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