Antique and collectible agriculture-related product up for bid

Iowa truly is the heartland of America's agricultural industry, which makes it the perfect place to host an auction that will feature antique advertising, toys and other implements related to farming. And that's just what will be happening when Ann's Auctions in Waverly, Iowa, hosts its Signs & Farm Collectibles sales event on Jan. 25.

Anyone with an appreciation for American history and culture will be able to find something that embodies those values on Jan. 25. However, the live auction will be taking place in a fairly remote location. So for those who can't make it in person, there will be an accompanying online auction taking place on where interested parties can browse through the more than 340 lots and find the perfect item to complement their collection.

Antique advertising
Many of the most desirable lots are pieces of commercial advertising from the olden days of American farm culture. Things like a Minnesota Valley Breeders Co-op sign (lot #2), a Little Giant Equipment porcelain sign (lot #22) and a Mullins Hybrid Service tin sign (lot #48) are just a few of the beautiful collectibles that will be on the block Jan. 25.

Other classic advertising signs that will be available include a license plate topper from "The Red Lion" (lot #104), a tin sign for Blue Ribbon polishes that features a late-model car (lot #118) and a Gene Rumbaugh & Son Santa Gertrudis Bull double-sided sign with several bullet holes – which give it an added element of character – in it (lot #129).

Collectible toys
These days, video games and television shows seem to be the preferred modes of entertainment for most kids. But decades ago, incredible, finely crafted toys were the object of every kid's desire. On Jan. 25, many playthings that occupied a child's time in the 1930s, '40s and '50s will be up for sale, and collectors won't want to miss their chance to get their hands on these exceptional items.

Among the most notable are a Buddy L. Aerial model fire truck (lot #81), a Tidy Tin wind-up tin toy (lot #97a) and a cast-iron model J&B express truck (lot #200).

These remarkable examples of classic advertising and toys just scratch the surface of this auction's offerings, though. There will be so many other items of interest from America's agricultural past, including salesman samples and John Deere products, that antique collectors will feel impelled to make a trip to Iowa on Jan. 25 or head over to to start stocking up on all these great lots.

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