A photo for all the boys who ever had a toy tractor and a fiendish personality.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

boy and tractorMy friends have given me permission to use this old photo of a young boy and his tractor.  It has to be a very unique one and if any of you guys can identify it let us know. 

I just asked my husband what he thought it was and he said he thinks it was an old garden type tractor, small so you could do the garden.

My friends Don or Anita may also be able to tell us what kind it was.

What I love is the fiendish expression on his face.  Can't you just see him bearing down on any cat, dog, squirrel, or pretty little girl who got in front of him.

The boy is now grown up and is a citizen of Searcy Arkansas.  He still has a mischievous nature!

 

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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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ahhh. .life was so simple back then. . .

 

Jun 24, 2008 12:32 AM #1
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Bob Haywood
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I can't tell what kind of tractor it is, but its a great pic!

Jun 24, 2008 12:34 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Fernando, simple things back then brought great pleasures!  Thanks for comment.

Boy, the picture is an almost classic, isn't it?  Thanks.

Jun 24, 2008 12:52 AM #3
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Mike Miller
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I don't know what type of tractor it is, but I agree that it was probably meant for smaller plowing and field use.  What boy wouldn't love being on it!

Jun 24, 2008 01:23 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mike, the boy seems very happy on his tractor.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Jun 24, 2008 01:37 AM #5
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Charles Buell
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Barbara, with the "walk-behind-handles" I am guessing some sort of tiller tractor.

Jun 24, 2008 01:53 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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That's probably a good guess, Charles.  It suppose you could ride or walk behind.  He does look devilish, doesn't he?

Jun 24, 2008 02:33 AM #7
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Gary Woltal
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It has good tires. I'm sorry Barbara, I'm not the tractor expert. But it does look like life from a much simpler period of time.

Jun 24, 2008 04:51 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Gary, it could be a composite tractor...put together by bits and pieces of everything.  Boys needed things to do back then and were quite creative.

Jun 25, 2008 12:21 AM #9
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Harold Gene Sullivan

This is a picture of W. H. "Cotton" Fuller that I took at 1212 W. Race Ave., Searcy in the late 1940s.  The tractor is a garden tractor of the type that his dad sold, along with being a plumber.  It had a wagon that attached with a seat for riding.  We rode it all over Searcy at a blazing speed of about 6 or7 MPH.  We even rode it out to his Grandmother Caldwell's house at Des Arc creek out past Gum Springs.  "Cotton" used it to haul his mower for his lawn mowing business.  He put many, many miles on that tractor. I took the picture with my trusty Brownie and developed and printed it in my bathroom "darkroom".  Harold Gene Sullivan

Jul 02, 2008 04:13 PM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Harold Gene, thank you for commenting on this photo and telling us its history.  You were extremely advanced to be able to develop your own photos. (Hope you don't mind my using it on this blog.)  This must have been before his family's new rock house was built.  If you have other photos that you'd like to share on this blog, let me know.  Searcy loves its history and would enjoy them.

Jul 03, 2008 12:42 AM #11
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Fuller’s rock house was built well before this picture was taken, but was a block away.  Our house was rock, also.  Dad had it done during the mid-1940s.  What I remember so well was the guy dad hired to do the rock job was one armed.  I guess being one armed was the reason he wasn’t in the army.  It was amazing to watch him trim a rock, then carry it up the ladder and put it in place.  It seemed they always fit.  

 

This was taken in my east side yard.  The old house shown is the Ward's house next door to ours at 1212 W. Race.  Mr. Ward was a retired cripple when I was growing up and always sat on the front porch.  All the kids would go to him when they needed a broken toy fixed.  He was the grandfather of James Lewis Wyatt and Charles Ward.  For years he had an old Model A sitting in his front yard, I never knew it to move.  It has a bar across the clutch from the break peddle so that he could drive it with his one good leg.

 

The tree shown provided lots of entertainment for us kids because it was a Chinaberry tree and the fruit made great “bullets” for playing “war”. 

 

Developing old black and white photos wasn’t such a hard thing to do.  I did it in my bathtub and then printed them using what was termed “contact print”, where one just put the negative in contact with the photo paper and exposed them to light.  Worked great but couldn’t enlarge. 

Jul 07, 2008 05:44 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Harold Gene, thanks for more infor about the picture and the neighborhood.  You are still not giving yourself enough credit in developing pictures.  You were ahead of your time.

Chinaberry trees were liked by kids, probably, and hated by mothers because if I remember right the berries got walked on and squashed and made a terrific mess.

Contribute to the blog site often.  Thanks.

Jul 07, 2008 06:05 AM #13
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