2011 National Farm Toy Hall of Fame Inductees

Daniel Gottman Rick and Linda Larsen

Dyersville, IA, - -  The National Farm Toy Museum will honor its 2011 National Farm Toy Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony on Thursday, November 3, 2011 kicking off events for Toy Farmer’s® National Farm Toy Show®.   The 2011 honorees join a group of 34 others, beginning with Fred and Gertrude Ertl and Claire and Cathy Scheibe (complete listing at  The purpose of the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame is to recognize those people who in a positive manner have given of their time and talents to the forwarding of the farm toy hobby.  For their dedication to the farm toy hobby, Daniel Gottman and Rick and Linda Larsen will be inducted this year into the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame.

 Daniel “Danny” Gottman – of Quincy, Illinois created Gottman Toys in 1982.  Working with companies, Danny used model toys to promote their brands.  One such successful partnership was with Kinze Manufacturing.  Danny’s attention to detail made him well known and his toys highly sought after for their intricate work. Danny worked to promote the farm toy hobby through the Mark Twain Great River Toy Show, which he helped establish in 1985.  In 2005, the National Tractor Pullers Association awarded Gottman Toys, Manufacturer of the Year, for building quality pulling tractor replicas.  Danny was the premier manufacturer producing highly detailed tractor pull tractors and led the way in replicating major puller tractors.  Danny passed away August 26, 2011.

 Rick and Linda Larsen of Osage, Iowa -  For nearly 20 years, Rick and Linda Larsen published The Toy Tractor Times a monthly magazine for farm toy collectors.  For a family with two young children it was quite a schedule; one that required hard work, long hours, and a real commitment, in addition to their jobs in the medical field.  Weekends meant road trips, attending farm toy shows, promoting the publication, meeting collectors, and keeping a close connection with the hobby.  “Linking Together the Chain of Farm Toy Collectors” was the motto for the publication that focused on collectors.  What started in a basement in 1983 left an indelible mark on the hobby of farm toy collecting.

 The National Farm Toy Museum, houses the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame including memorabilia and representative farm toys of past nominees.  A not-for-profit 501(c)(3)  the museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of agriculture through farm toy collecting.  The National Farm Toy Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

 More information about the National Farm Toy Museum is available at or by calling 563-875-2727.




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