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1978 2nd edition cover scanned from my private collection


  • Introduction
  • Power
  • Paring and Burning
  • Ploughing
  • Steam Ploughing
  • Steam Digging
  • Sowing the Seed
  • Hand Machines
  • Hoeing
  • Haymaking
  • Harvest
  • Further Reading
  • Places to Visit

Title: SHIRE ALBUM: Vintage Farm Machines, Book No. 1
Author/Designer: John Vince
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1973
Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd., Princes Risbourough, UK
Language: English
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: 0852634404

SUMMARY- All interior photographs are black-and-white. You get a cliff notes overview of farm equipment used in the UK up to the time when steam became the workhorse. This is the very first of the Shire Album books, and I wanted to see where this all began. It was an interesting read(I was a farm kid, so most of this didn't look completely alien to me!).

Shire Publications always includes a reading list and a visitor or museum listing where you can see real examples of the subject matter of the issue. I love that feature of these books and think it's worth the price of admission all by itself!