The number of people who enjoy and cherish used John Deere tractors in the Houston, Texas area is enough for the region to have a popular antique farm equipment club, the Houston Chronicle reported. Partly due to nostalgia for the older models, the membership of this organization consists of people who grew up using machines from the iconic brand.
According to the news outlet, the members of the Pearland Bluebonnet Antique Tractor Club were inspired by memories that they had on the farm as young members of an agricultural family. One member recounted his first collectible tractor, a 1955 John Deere that he purchased many years ago.
"That just started a whole onslaught of buying, trading and selling," Larry Steed, president of the club, told the Chronicle. "There's 13 out in the shed right now. I probably had another half dozen that I traded or sold."
The 1950s were a time of significant growth for John Deere, as the company benefited from the return of American soldiers and a move to the suburbs by many families. This opened up a massive market for homeowners in the U.S., and many new models were produced during this period, according to Irrigation and Green Industry.