Davenport, Iowa. Gordon-Van Tine Co., Copyright 1926.
Profusely illustrated catalogue in paper wraps; 11½ x 8½ inches; 52pp; catalogue contains several loose sheets relevant to ordering goods (a folded sheet with printed grid to plan your own barn floor--each square = 1 foot; also a mail-in card for free booklet: "Haying Tools.") Four page glued price sheet at front has come detached. Several creases and very short tears to front cover. Booklet features all manner of farm buildings; also barn doors, tools, cupolas, and various building accessories. Color covers depicts lounging cows with handsome barn in background and, at rear, the Gordon-Van Tine works on the Mississippi at Davenport, Iowa. Overall good condition. WorldCat lists only four libraries holding this catalogue. Testimonial letters printed on verso of front cover are dated 1924, but it appears the catalogue was issued over several years; this particular copy contains a loose price-list dated 1926. The catalogue pictures remarkable farm buildings including the impressive "Gothic Roof" barn, several "Gambrel-Roofed Barns" and numerous other styles. Many additional buildings designed for livestock, poultry, agricultural products, equipment storage, etc. Interior stalls and steel barn equipment are also described and pictured. The catalogue observes, in describing the amenities of the firm's Hog House, "The hog, long known as the 'mortgage lifter,' is usually the last animal on the place to be properly housed." Gordon-Van Tine provides several models to address that failing. A fascinating catalogue documenting farm buildings and equipment in the years before the rise of agribusiness and the dominance of factory farms. Good condition, with issues noted; an uncommon item. Item #51547