The American Barn

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, Jan 1, 2003 - Transportation - 192 pages
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This paperback reissue of Randy Leffingwell's popular The American Barn presents a colorful look at this classic American structure and its evolution through the years. Readers will travel from the East Coast to the American West, from the 1600s to modern times, and will relish the stunning photography that depicts everything the stone barns of hard-scrabble Maine to thoroughbred barns of lush bluegrass regions to traditional gambrel-roofed red barns of the Midwest. The detailed text examines how styles developed out of necessity and how the American barn contributed to the efficiencies and functionality of the farm. The American Barn is a trip back in time that give readers a fond look at an American icon.

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I read with avid interest the story written by John on Merucoonegan Farm. I knew his father and mother very well. My wife and I lived in an apartment at both the original home and north at the other home they rented. We were military stationed at Topsham AFS, John rented to many servicemen and families. We have very fond memories of John's parents and his sister Caroline. John's dad was a good friend, we did alot together, going out to eat, boating, he could do most anything, he and I built a small row boat one winter, I learned alot from John. John's son John was also in the Navy reserve, so I quess the ship builders in the family would have been proud. I met him one summer when he was visiting his parents. When I went to Vietnam in 65 the Skolfields took my wife and two young ones under their wing,I came back to Topsham and the farm until the station closed in 1969. Thanks so much John for writing this article its the best I've seen on the farm and your family history. I love history and your Dad and I spent long hours discussing things of interest about the farms history, to include Indian stories and spanish coins. Thanks for some wonderful rekindling of old memories. Bruce Ross 

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Beautiful pictures, reasonably interesting, could have been better edited Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Randy Leffingwell creates pictorial books on automobiles, motorcycles, and farm vehicles. Titles include Porsche Legends, Mustang, Caterpillar, American Farm Tractor, and Harley-Davidson: Myth and Mystique. Before devoting his work time to creating illustrated books on vehicles, Leffingwell was an associate editor with AutoWeek Magazine and a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. In creating his pictorial books, Leffingwell travels nationwide, researching and photographing intriguing road and farm vehicles. He has interviewed many vehicle designers, spoken with museum specialists, and visited many factories, in his efforts to create detailed books. For example, he searched through hundreds of old Henry Ford Museum boxes and hired researchers in order to obtain facts on Ford tractors. Randy Leffingwell's photograph composition background and historical research have contributed to literature on the history of American transportation.

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