• ALEXANDER BOTTS AND THE EARTHWORM TRACTOR: BOTTS ABROAD

    The world’s best tractor salesman is back in this second installment of Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor. In this series of humorous short stories, Botts and his new bride travel to Europe on a special assignment to bring the solid, American-made machines to the Old World! Nicknamed “Gadget” because of her usefulness, Mrs. Botts proves to be as resourceful as her husband in cleverly closing deals in ancient cities previously thought to have no market for crawler tractors.

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book includes the original illustrations that appeared with the stories in The Saturday Evening Post, and is part of a series that will be the first to present the entire collection.

    Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.

    Item: 11100

    Author: WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

    Format: Paperback

  • ALEXANDER BOTTS AND THE EARTHWORM TRACTOR: BOTTS BEGINS

    Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trial and tribulations selling crawler tractors. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal! In this book, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company.

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and these stories are based on Upson’s brief career as a mechanic for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book is the first in a series and will be the only publication to present the collection in its entirety, including five Botts stories that never appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

    Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.


    Item: 10509

    Author: WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

    Format: Paperback

  • ALEXANDER BOTTS AND THE EARTHWORM TRACTOR: BOTTS BREAKS HOLLYWOOD

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book includes the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.

    Item: 11286

    Author: WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

    Format: Paperback

  • AMERICA'S RURAL YESTERDAY 3-VOLUME SET

    Have the entire collection of America’s Rural Yesterday Volume 1, 2, and 3. All of these books have beautiful photographs by famed photographer J.C. Allen.

    Set includes:

    America’s Rural Yesterday: Volume 1 Fieldwork
    More than 100 photographs of field work including planting, tilling, harvesting and more. Includes shots of threshing, corn shelling, milling, haystacking. Horses, mules, oxen, vintage tractors, and stream engines provide the power back when rural life was the norm. Many of these photos have never been published.

    America’s Rural Yesterday: Volume 2, Barn & Farmyard
    More than 120 of farm work performed in dairy, poultry and hog barns as well as the wide variety of tasks performed in the barnyard including ensilaging, stock feeding and watering, haymow loading, threshing, corn grinding, butchering, collecting eggs, root cellaring and much more. Many of these photos have never been published.

    America’s Rural Yesterday: Volume: 3 At Home & In Town
    This book features photos of what people did when they weren’t working in the fields, barns or farmyards in the 1920s-1940s. More than 120 photographs of rural families in their kitchens, parlors and dining rooms. Photos of going to town and spending time at the library, grocery or general stores, school and doctor's office, transporting the reader to another time when life moved slower and family and community was important. Many of these photos have never been published.

    Item: 9981
  • AMERICA'S RURAL YESTERDAY: VOLUME #3 AT HOME & IN TOWN

    Third in a three-volume series showcasing the vintage photography of J.C. Allen , this book features photos of what people did when they weren’t working in the fields, barns or farmyards in the 1920s-1940s. More than 120 photographs of rural families in their kitchens, parlors and dining rooms. Photos of going to town and spending time at the library, grocery or general stores, school and doctor's office, transporting the reader to another time when life moved slower and family and community was important. Many of these photos have never been published.

    Item: 7556

    Author: Joe Mischka

    Format: Paperback

  • AMERICA'S RURAL YESTERDAY: VOLUME 1 FIELDWORK

    More than 100 photographs by famed photographer J.C. Allen of field work including planting, tilling, harvesting and more. Includes shots of threshing, corn shelling, milling, haystacking. Horses, mules, oxen, vintage tractors, and stream engines provide the power back when rural life was the norm. Many of these photos have never been published.

    Item: 7554

    Format: Paperback

  • AMERICA'S RURAL YESTERDAY: VOLUME 2, BARN & FARMYARD

    More than 120 photographs by famed photographer J.C. Allen of farm work performed in dairy, poultry and hog barns as well as the wide variety of tasks performed in the barnyard including ensilaging, stock feeding and watering, haymow loading, threshing, corn grinding, butchering, collecting eggs, root cellaring and much more. Many of these photos have never been published.

    Item: 7555

    Format: Paperback

  • BARN AGAIN

    Today, many barns across the United States have outlived their original usefulness and are being destroyed, while others are slowly collapsing. Yet, some creative architects, developers, and homeowners exploit the flexible space offered by barns. They provide striking construction, impressive space, and an imaginative play of sunlight and shadow that makes them a delight to inhabit when converted into a residence, office, retail establishment, nonprofit center, and much more.

    Inside Barn Again, over 240 beautiful color photos and informative text explore possibilities for transforming barns to living and working space featuring unique sight lines and vaulting open spaces. This book will be a treasured reference and source of ideas for homeowners, architects, and designers alike.

    Item: 10561

    Author: E. Ashley Rooney

    Format: Hardcover

  • BOTTS AND THE QUEEN OF THE NORTH

    In Queen of the North, the fourth installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero. He tackles a variety of tricky sales situations, including promising a demonstration of a new, high-speed tractor that was not yet in existence.

    Unwilling to backpedal on a promise, he outfits a sturdy Earthworm tractor with an aviation motor and creates a beast equipped to conquer Canada’s deep snow and steep mountains. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts again faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles, hostile management, and hirings and firings. Can he manage to pull it together to save the day?

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson. The stories are based on Upson’s work as a service mechanic and troubleshooter for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book features the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety

    Item: 11735

    Author: WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

    Format: Paperback

  • BOTTS BOOK SET

    Get all of Alexander Botts’ adventures now in one easy to order bundle!

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. These books include the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.

    Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.

    This set includes:

    Botts Begin

    Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trial and tribulations selling crawler tractors. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal! In this book, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company.

    This book is the first in a series and will be the only publication to present the collection in its entirety, including five Botts stories that never appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

    Botts Abroad

    The world’s best tractor salesman is back in this second installment of Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor. In this series of humorous short stories, Botts and his new bride travel to Europe on a special assignment to bring the solid, American-made machines to the Old World! Nicknamed “Gadget” because of her usefulness, Mrs. Botts proves to be as resourceful as her husband in cleverly closing deals in ancient cities previously thought to have no market for crawler tractors.

    Botts Breaks Hollywood

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!

    Item: 11304
  • BUILD YOUR OWN FARM TOOLS

    Josh Volk, author of the best-selling Compact Farms, offers small-scale farmers an in-depth guide to building customized equipment that will save time and money and introduce much-needed efficiencies to their operations.

    Volk begins with the basics, such as setting up a workshop and understanding design principles, mechanical principles, and materials properties, then presents plans for making 15 tools suited to small-farm tasks and processes. Each project includes an explanation of the tool’s purpose and use, as well as the time commitment, skill level, and equipment required to build it. Projects range from the super-simple (requiring a half-day to build) to the more complex, and include how-to photographs and illustrations with variations for customizing the finished implement.

    Along with instructions for building items such as simple seedling benches, a mini barrel washer, a DIY germination chamber, and a rolling pack table, Volk addresses systems design for farm efficiency, including how to design an effective drip irrigation system and how to set up spreadsheets for collecting important planning, planting, and market data.

    Item: 11209

    Author: Josh Volk

    Format: Paperback

  • BUILD YOUR OWN SHEDS & OUTDOOR PROJECTS MANUAL, 6TH EDITION

    Build the outdoor structure of your dreams!

    • Catalog of over 100 plans available for order — outdoor structures, from basic sheds to major projects
    • Six projects with plans provided, including The Boscobel garden shed, McDonald pole building, Cabana Palms, Merrill Playhouse, and more
    • Techniques and tips for constructing all or part of the structure yourself, with a detailed section on current shed construction techniques and the entire construction process
    • Select and order expertly prepared building plans from Design America, Inc., with construction blueprints and materials lists available for each project to ensure success
    • A wide range of outdoor structures includes utility sheds, storage sheds, cabanas, gazebos, pavilions, cabins, cottages, playhouses, mini barns, and patio furniture.

    From basic storage sheds to playhouses, gazebos, workshops, and so much more, there's a growing trend toward standalone spaces as attractive alternatives to home additions. Build the outdoor structure of your dreams by doing all or part of the work yourself!

    This essential DIY guide will help you make your dreams a reality. All the techniques and tips you'll need, the latest in shed construction, and every step of the process in detail are inside. A thorough how-to section takes you through all the information you need to build a shed yourself, then six different projects are provided, each with plans included, so you have everything you need to build your own backyard structure! The included plans are:

    • The Boscobel Garden Shed
    • The McDonald Pole Building
    • The Cabana Palms
    • The Merrill Playhouse
    • The Willow Breeze Garden Swing with Canopy
    • The Somerset Six-Sided Gazebo

    If you want a different design, the remainder of the book provides examples of plans available for purchase from Design America, Inc. Select from a catalog of more than 100 expertly prepared plans, including more than 60 all-new designs for this updated edition. Build a wide range of outdoor structures, from simple utility sheds to elegant cabanas and poolside structures, cottages, pole barns, and more. Easy-to-follow construction blueprints and materials lists are available to order for each project to ensure success.

    Whether you're looking to build the ideal pavilion, potting shed, outdoor furniture, arbor, trellis, or other outdoor structures, you can find it inside Build Your Own Sheds & Outdoor Projects Manual, 6th Edition!

    Item: 11674

    Author: Design America Inc.

    Format: Paperback

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