How Your Hobby Started Part XXVII

| July/August 1973

3904 - 47th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98118

Pony Friend made by Friend Pump Company, Gasport, New York. It has a built-in water pump. Year unknown -anyone help?

In the boundless country of our Canadian neighbors, the agricultural equipment of their pioneer days is a heritage which is preserved in provincial and community museums from Quebec to British Columbia.

The history of this great country is a prerequisite for the dedicated people who have collected the antique machines of the steam and internal combustion engine eras and placed them in such spacious museums as the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin, Steam Preservers Association at Milton and the Western Development Museum at Saskatoon, (See Iron-Men Album Vol. 26-No.4).

This concerted enthusiasm carries on to the individual engine collector who celebrates each year at many reunions, such as The Norwich & District Historical Society Show; The Western Ontario Steam Threshers and Antique Association; Pioneer Acres Plowman and Threshers Union; The Golden Horseshoe Antique Society and many others.

These associations are well represented in articles and advertising in the G.E.M. and also the Iron-Men Album. The stories of their reunions are very interesting as well as the details of the fine museums they are building. It gives our magazines an international good neighbor understanding for all the collector's mutual hobby of these historical machines.