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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A board-mounted nubber from the collection of Joe Isler, Prospect, Ohio. These gadgets were used to shell the rounds from both ends of the ears put aside for seed corn. The rounds were kept separate from the flats, and were used for replanting after the farmer ran out of flats.