Toy Tractors and Codex Collections

Jun 14, 2017

Farm toys can be toy tractors, harvesters, plows, and other equipment.  Some are meant to be played with, and others—the "precision models"—many people take great care to keep in good shape.  During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe explores what farm toys mean to collectors. 

Guests include Kate Bossen of Bossen Implement in Lamont; Amanda Schwartz, the manager of the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville; and Chuck Steffens from Sherrill, who makes custom parts to add to the farm toy models.

We also hear from collectors that gathered at a recent farm toy auction in Frytown, Iowa including a couple that traveled from Canada to be there.

To end this hour, Charity talks about another type of collection: old and rare books.  Amy Chen is Special Collections Instruction Librarian at the University of Iowa, and she created a game that helps students understand the value of books and book collections through history.  It's called Codex Conquest.