The “Peanut” 1/2 scale Cretors’ popcorn wagon steam engine. This is a model of the steam engine that would drive the peanut and popcorn making machines on Cretors vending wagons. Those vendor wagons sold roasted peanuts and popcorn a century ago.

Mr. Petersen created a vast array of projects over his lifetime, ranging from miniature engines to hand-cranked animations and more. He built functional miniatures like a 1/3 scale Gatling gun or a 1/4 scale Case steam tractor, but he also built mechanical creations for the fun and enjoyment of his family. When Birk passed away in 2015, his family graciously donated over 150 items from his collection for display at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, where they are currently on display. We thank the Petersen family for sharing his extensive collection, which demonstrates the broad interests and many talents of Birk Petersen.

Exhibit added: May 7, 2016 - Last modified: August 24, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship