> Hi Meli,
> I found a book published by John Deere,
> " The Operation Care and Repair of Farm Machinery",
> in an old country store. There is NO publishing
> date in the book. Do you know anything
> about this book, or do you know where there is a
> website where I can find out more information?
It's amazing what you CAN find on the internet, but I wonder if we are asking TOO much to expect to find a site for EVERYTHING - EVERY little trivial fact from the entire history of mankind!!
Anyway, you came to the right place for the answer to your question. The John Deere Company published twenty-eight editions of "The Operation, Care and Repair of Farm Machinery" between 1927 and 1957. They were used in schools in agricultural areas. The early editions covered mostly horse-drawn farm equipment and only BEGAN to touch on tractors (John Deere had only ONE model in production at that time).
The books were supposed to be about farm equipment "in general", but by some coincidence, ALL of the examples shown are John Deere equipment. Heh heh. But yes, the general principles apply to all brands.
Notice that the FIRST EDITION does NOT say what edition it is. Starting with the second revision, you will find the edition number noted on the cover and on the title page. You will NOT find the date of publication in any of the books except the last two. The first 26 editions were all the same size, color and format as the one above. Editions number 27 and 28 were the only ones that were different. They were larger and looked like the two covers below.
The later editions dealt mainly with tractors and tractor-drawn equipment. All of the books are just chock full of photos and line drawings of the equipment that was new when that particular volume was published.