Holiday greetings to all our readers! That includes all members of the family who take their turn in reading GEM and discussing what they find in it with each other and with fellow collectors. May this be a merry season for you, with plenty of love, warmth and good cheer.
December's approach brings us closer to the time for compilation of the 1986 Steam & Gas Show Directory. Please send your free listings and paid ads in promptly, so that the thousands of followers of this valuable little book will know who's doing what when and where. Make sure dates, addresses and telephone numbers are correct.
Please note that we again have color illustrations inside the magazine. We depend on our readers for good clear pictures, and we do the rest. Subscribers tell us they like this additional color.
In September, we visited the show of the Kansas and Oklahoma Steam & Gas Engine Assn. at Winfield, Kan., and got some good pictures, soon to appear in GEM. Margaret and I had a wonderful time.
GEM is in its new headquarters at 356 West Orange Street in Lancaster, Pa. The move by Stemgas Publishing Co. was necessary because of the need for added space for both office personnel and warehousing of books, catalogs, manuals and back issues.
The Rev. Elmer Ritzman founded Stemgas in 1946, and started GEM in 1966 as a companion magazine to Iron-Men Album, which is for steam people. Next year will mark GEM's 20th anniversary, and we deeply appreciate the interest of all who have made our progress possible as America's only magazine devoted solely to antique tractor and stationary gas engine collectors and restorers.
When shopping for gifts, don't forget to look over our catalog of publications. We are constantly adding to our list, and most certainly there is something for everyone. Remember, too, a gift subscription to GEM makes a fine present!
When you are in or near Lancaster, make it a point to stop in and see us. Mean while here are best wishes from all our staffers.