Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| September/October 1991



Waterloo Boy Tractor

26/9/5

Since we are constantly involved in the printing and publishing business, we'll share some things with you this month regarding previously published materials. If you plan to use anything that has appeared in a book or magazine for a display or some other presentation, please give a credit line, especially if the publication is fairly recent. Sometimes the photographs are under copyright, and failing to ask for permission to use them could lead to serious legal problems. A credit line might read, 'Photo Courtesy of Joe Blow Museum, Anywhere, U.S.A.' Quotes are permissible in an article, provided that the original work is cited. However, if the quotes are extensive, it might be the better way to secure permission first. Even if there is no copyright problem, it is no more than right that the original writer be given credit, if nothing else than as a common courtesy.

As an example, the late Lester L. Roos of Geneseo, Illinois spent literally hundreds of hours compiling a reasonably accurate listing of the Stover serial numbers. Even though this listing first appeared in 'Power in the Past, Vol. 3: Stover Engine Works,' it has appeared several times since then, but with no credit to Lester or to the book in which it first appeared.. As many of you know, Lester could well have been called, 'Mr. Stover.' Such was his knowledge of this particular company. In other words, we believe it no more than right that Lester receive the credit due. So, please be both considerate and cautious about plagiarizing the work of others. The great majority of our fraternity is helpful to a fault, but let's not take advantage of their succor and spoil things for everybody. As a footnote, one publisher now requires that a release be furnished for ALL photographs supplied to them, regardless of age or source. More often than not, this material is already in the public domain, and can be freely used by anyone, but be sure of this before going ahead. We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa August 29 to September 2. We'll be representing GEM and the Iron Men Album again this year. Although we had planned to do a before-the-fact feature article on a specific tractor at the Mt. Pleasant show, time got away from us, and so we'll be doing it after-the-fact. As usual, we'll be located in the Gas Engine Area on the north side of the grounds. Look for the familiar 'Gas Engine Magazine' banner, and stop by to say hello.

Our questions this month begin with:

26/9/1 Fairbanks Scales Q. I have a set of Fairbanks Table Top scales. These are a platform type. There is a piece missing under the platform. Does anyone know where I might find parts? Robert Goode, PO Box 5004, Mills River, NC 28742.

A. We don't know, can anyone help?

26/9/2 A Green IHC LA? Q. During restoration of my International LA engine, I stripped the paint from the valve cover and flywheel. The original color on the metal is a dark green. Is it possible that the early LA engines were painted green? Please advise. Fred Marshall, 1802 - 16th St., Sumner, WA 98390.