Note: This feature is in the June TF 2018 issue
You may have heard the adage, "Once a collector, always a collector." This is certainly true of my husband, Jeremy Welsh. WhenI first met him in 1982, at the ripe old age of 19, he already had some vintage Case tractors, and a few associated implements. I loved the thought of some of the old gear being preserved, and I learned he's always been a collector of one thing or another since he was very young.
Having been raised on a dairy farm and farming himself since 1981, vintage tractors and machinery were a great fit for him. My brother gave Jeremy several Ertl vintage Case tractor models for his birthday in 1987. As Franklin Roosevelt famously said, that is "a date which will live in infamy." Jeremy was hooked.
Back in the 1980s, farm models weren't that easy to come by in our region near Thames, New Zealand. Model shops didn't stock many farm-related items, so Jeremy would spend any time off the farm visiting tractor dealerships, looking for more model tractors to add to his small, but growing, collection.
In the beginning, he seemed to be only interested in Case tractor models and promised to stick to just Case tractors, which seemed logical, as he was generally only interested in acquiring vintage Case tractors. Back then, he also promised to stick to only 1/16 scale models. I don't remember when both these promises were broken, but how do you stop yourself at just one brand or scale, right?