How Your Hobby Started Part XVII

| November/December 1971

390447th Avenue, S., Seattle, Washington 98118

Now that the annual Reunions--Gas-Ups--and Pioneer Day Shows are over and the collectors who were the actors and participants in these exhibitions are basking in the memories of the many visits and renewed acquaintances they encountered, and while reflecting upon the success of their endeavors, an attempt will be made to give you more engine history to encourage you to find additional machines for next years shows.

It seems many rare old engines are setting around in obscure places waiting for some collector to uncover the dusty one lungers and to bring them back to life again. It requires a lot of visiting with people who remember when a neighbor quit using an engine, so you can look up the prospect and see if the story you heard is true or false. It is difficult to figure out how some collectors just have the knack of finding all of those old goodies. There is no limit to what some collectors will do to get the engine they have been dreaming about owning. Distance is no barrier, and like the postman, the collector will get there despite 'snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.'

It would be interesting to learn from those who attended many of the shows this year, what unusual and rare antique engines were exhibited for the first time. Hoping to read interesting reports in G. E. M. from those who found such engines at the shows they attended in 1971.

Readers of G. E. M. have been very thoughtful to send me catalogs and programs of the many shows and reunions, all of these are very much appreciated. I wish I were able to attend these shows and get personally acquainted with so many pen pals of mine.

From the library of Claude Knudson of Gully, Minnesota, and his collection of engine literature, I have a fine colored catalog of the Rock Island gasoline engines made by the Rock Island Plow Company at Rock Island, Illinois.