Trademarks Used by B.F. Avery & Sons

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Collectors of B.F. Avery equipment, especially those of us interested in the older or horse drawn types can usually distinguish the genuine item by a faint raised  cast cross with an “A” in the center and each of the letters V-E-R-Y on the four points .  This was the company’s original trademark.  Avery’s cross symbol is a version of the Maltese Cross—which goes back to the First Crusade---the sign of Christian warriors, and is said to represent “honor, courage, and dedication.”  No one … [Read more...]

BF Avery Sales Video

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Florence, Alabama - Back in my November 28th, 2013 post "BF Avery Sales Video & other musings", I promised to get the video's uploaded to the website, well I'm happy to report that I completed that task today. Here is the history on the filmstrips again just in case you missed it the first time around; At the last 2010  Spring show in Auburn, IN, Connie Lemmons was playing a VHS tape copy of a series of BF Avery filmstrips that were produced in 1941.  It was a selling tool that a BF Avery … [Read more...]

2014 BF Avery Spring Show & Meeting

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SPRING BF AVERY SHOW & ASSOCIATION MEETING  APRIL 25 -26, 2014 Days Gone By Museum Portland, Tennessee The BF Avery Spring Show and Meeting will be on April 25th and 26th, 2014 at the Days Gone By Museum in Portland, TN (daysgonebymuseum.com). Jerry Collins, the owner and our host for the weekend will be there both days of the Spring Show to give details of his collections. There is a good selection of motels at Exit 2 off of I-65 in Franklin, KY The Museum is about ten miles from this … [Read more...]

A Challenging Project: General GG Tractor Restoration

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Excerpt from Farm Collector.com Iowa youth's first tractor restoration, a General GG starts as a puzzling basket case. While a seventh grader in Marion, Iowa, Cameron Luedtke built his own tractor. That wasn't what he called his 4-H project, nor how he thought about it at the time. But as it turned out, that's what he did. "My father (Kurt Luedtke) bought this tractor at an auction in 1996," says Cameron, now 19. "He was going to restore it, but never got around to it because he got too … [Read more...]

Daydreaming ‘Bout those Old Ford Days

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Editor's note: Although this is not about BF Avery tractors, it does give an insight to the author's background.  Luther Dan Thomas is the author of the book BF Avery - Pioneer Plowmaker. Trigg County, on the state line in the south west part of the Bluegrass State, is one of small farm counties with tobacco, corn, wheat, and cattle as principal crops. It was a perfect market for small tractors like the Fords of the '40s and '50s.  In 1936, my father, Luther Thomas, had opened a Ford … [Read more...]