Some 500 readers of GEM responded to an advertisement in the May
issue, when DuPont announced it would produce a 1990 calendar of
classic farm tractors, built during the 1920’s and
‘I was nearly covered up- literally-by the mail that poured
in from the GEM ad,’ says John Harvey, a communications manager
at the DuPont Company headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.
Letters, many of them accompanied with fine photos of the
tractors, arrived from every part of the U.S., from New Jersey to
California, from Michigan to Texas.
‘Most difficult job has been selecting the 14 tractors to be
featured on the calendar,’ says Harvey. ‘Our committee has
worked long and hard to narrow the huge number of beautiful entries
down to a final 14.’
There will be a cover tractor, a December 1989 tractor, and the
12 classics for 1990, making a grand total of 14 tractors featured
in the calendar.
All tractor photographs are in color and are being taken by a
professional, Ralph Sanders, of Des Moines. Sanders has taken
numerous pictures of John Deere tractors and machinery through the
years for Deere advertisements and literature.
The owners of the 14 classics will also be interviewed for a
videotape production. In addition, a large color poster is planned
showcasing all 14 models.
‘The calendar, poster and videotape will be available in
October,’ Harvey says. ‘They will be of special interest to
anyone interested in antique tractors,’ he says.