2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Hay Trolley Heaven” Found At New Website
The website grew out of discussions between longtime hay trolley collector Steve Weeber and new collector Daniel Dibner. The goal was to preserve and present information on hay trolleys. Working with other members of the North American Hay Tool Collectors Association (HTCA), the website became a reality.
Hay Trolley Heaven describes what hay trolleys are and the role they played from 1860 to the introduction of large round bales. Over that period, hay trolleys evolved and were modified from loose hay carriers to small bale carriers.
The website lists and provides information on companies that made the hay trolleys. Included are early, small scale, independent artisans and the later, large, consolidated manufacturers.
Go to the research section and you can view more than 90 drawings of hay trolleys. Links to the drawing identify the model name and manufacturer. Going to a listed company, such as Stowell Mfg. and Fndy Co., displays drawings of the company’s product line. Each company page includes a history and multiple product line names, if available.
The site includes a link to the HTCA web page and newsletters. The forums offer a place for site visitors to follow various topics, as well as HTCA events. Members are eager to help fellow members research hay tools or simply discuss various tools. It also serves as an informal parts wanted site.
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