| September/October 1980

Box 156, Cumberland, Iowa 50843

What is a shelf pet? A shelf pet is a small gas engine or related item that can be stored on a shelf. Many shelf pets are necessary due to shortage of storage or poor health reasons. They also are desired by collectors who just like something small they can handle themselves. How many times do we hear 'the doctor says I can't lift anything very heavy.' A shelf pet is the answer. It allows many people who could not continue their passion for gas engines to go on with their hobby. Quite a few collectors live in town or are limited for space. A shelf in the garage in front of the car or in the basement will hold a shelf pet nicely. Shelf pets are easy to get around and can be taken to shows quite easily.

One collector of old cars has a Handy Andy in the trunk of one of his old cars. It is not for sale because it was in the car when he bought it, and he wants to leave the car original.

In addition to gas engines, other related items can qualify as shelf pets. Advertising signs, gas cans, wrenches, and wood company service cabinets make very attractive shelf pets as well as decorator items. Some of these items make great accessories for decorating inside the home. Books, literature and salesman samples are valuable and highly treasured shelf pets. In my travels I have seen salesman samples of Olds, Stickney and Domestic gas engines, and they are truly works of art to be displayed in an appropriate manner.

Models make excellent shelf pets and they can be carried about in small cases. Whether you build them yourself or buy them, models are becoming increasingly popular at shows. Quite a number of models will fit into a small economy car. With the high cost of fuel to get to shows we will probably see an increase in models and other small displays at the shows.

With their increasing popularity, shelf pets have been going up in price. Some have gone about out of sight, but others can be bought for reasonable prices. Some of the easier shelf pets to find include Maytags, Nelson Bros, small air cooled, the Duro and Associated Mfgs. small air cooled 'Colt' engine.