| April/May 1997

Well, the big news for this month is that our annual Show Directory is at the printer as I write this letter! Another whopper, this year's edition is a behemoth 272 pages! As always, we are deeply indebted to the folks who take the time to fill out the lengthy forms requesting all the information for the listings and the ads. And a big hats off to our own staff for handling a job that gets more demanding each year. By the time you receive this magazine, the book will be printed, and on its way to those of you who have already ordered it.

From time to time we get requests from people of related interests to link up to our Internet home page or to mention them elsewhere. This month we're making mention of an online publication called The Barn Journal at which is the work of Charles Leik. This might be of interest to those of you who are interested in the preservation of traditional farm architecture.

Also in our files is a suggestion we received from a subscriber that people running ads list an address as well as a phone number, as many who might respond to ads are often put off by the prospect of long-distance charges. He also suggests that anyone writing to someone for information should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The Reflector has suggested the latter idea several times in his column, and added that it's a nice courtesy to include some token payment as well, for the person's effort. We know from the many requests for what comes under the broad heading of 'research,' that it is time consuming to comb through the resources.

For those of you who like engine-related posters, there's a nice one available now from the Ontario Agricultural Museum. It can be ordered from Great Canadian Poster, North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, 100 Erb St. East, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1L9. The poster celebrates the 150th anniversary of Massey Ferguson and is available for $9.95 postpaid IN Canada, $11.95 (U.S. Funds) for the United States and other countries. The poster is dark green and features a colorful historical illustration of a tractor in a field.

Don't be an April Foolget ready now for those spring and summer shows!


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