From the Crib to the Kitchen: Using Hand Crank Corn Shellers

Before the production and popularization of portable gas engines and other small, fuel-powered machines, the farmer (and the farm wife) often depended on human power, as demonstrated by the hand crank antique corn shellers in Rowe Garmon's collection.

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Ear corn drying on special drying spikes. Farmers gleaned the best ears from their crop to save for seed corn, hung them to dry on racks until early spring, then shelled and bagged the kernels for the next crop.