18 Year Old Publishes His Own Farm Magazine
The hottest new farm magazine in the country is the brainchild of an 18-year-old Illinois farm boy who loves antique farm equipment and thinks there's a market for a publication to go to similar machinery enthusiasts around the country.
Kurt Aumann, Nokomis, Ill., got the idea for the THE BELT PULLEY working at auctions with his father, Nelson. Kurt has been auctioneering since he was 12 years old. With six years experience, he's already an accomplished professional. He decided to publish his own magazine when he started looking around for information about antique machinery he saw at auctions.
When Aumann discovered that "there weren't any good publications around about antique machinery" he decided to try to start one himself. He talked to a newspaper man, got lots of advice from other people, and persuaded his banker to grant him a loan to launch the magazine. The first issue of THE BELT PULLEY came out in November, 1987. He now has 325 subscribers, mostly through word-of-mouth, and employs six part time contributing reporters around the country.
Each issue features a "Tractor of the Month" - the one featured in the current issue is a Case CD crawler tractor - and a "Find of the Month", a story about a collector's most exciting or unusual "find". The tractor"discovered" in the current issue is a Deere 420. The story tells how the tractor was found and explains that the 20-hp. tractor is a missing link in many tractor collections because it was only manufactured for three years, 1956-58.
Each issue also features a "Collector of the Month", as well as a column about collecting toy tractors. There's also an extensive listing of antique tractor and power shows around the country, along with classified ads featuring equipment and parts for sale to both active farmers and collectors.
A subscription to THE BELT PULLEY sells for $10 for six issues a year. For a sample copy, send $2 to: FARM SHOW Followup, THE BELT PULLEY, P.O. Box 83, Nokomis, Ill. 62075 (ph 217 563-2523).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5