This is some great stuff for anyone who loves the clank, chuff, or rumble of old tractors. Why? You are going to watch a film that appears to have been made in the 1950s celebrating the history of steam tractors and their roll in the growth of American agriculture. There’s lots of awesome footage of the tractors working but there’s also loads of neat footage from early threshing shows and reunions as well. Something that we think of as being pretty common these days was just getting started in a big way during the 1950s.
As Case was no longer selling steam tractors in the 1950s, it only makes sense that this film has a sales element along with the education. We see some footage of modern case tractors working the land and showing just how advanced and easy they are to use as opposed to the coal swallowing beasts that ruled the early days of massive prairie farms.
The most interesting thing about this era of antique tractors for us is the fact that the guys who owned these old beasts in the 1950s had likely actually worked on them as young men. Today, that’s all out the window. But each time you see one of the big steam tractors in this film, understand that the guy on it is old enough to have worked the land with it when it was first delivered. Today, the hobby survives because of the knowledge and teachings that the men of this era passed down.