From hand-sown corn growing to horse-drawn check planters.
Early illustration showing the “checkerboard” pattern created by a check planter.
Joe Isler’s A.C. Evans planter, produced in Springfield, Ohio.
“Beedle & Kelly” is clearly stenciled on this planter seed box.
Joe Isler’s Sunrise hand-check planter. When the planter was sold at auction, the owner asked a friend to stand nearby and keep an eye on the cast iron seats. “Each seat,” Joe says, “was worth at least $1,000.”
Corn jobber with fertilizer box.
The Beedle & Kelly planter has a sheet-metal seat with the name “Champion” stamped in it.
Interior view of the seed box on the Beedle & Kelly planter. Note the small roller over the seed plates.
The Evans planter’s heavy-duty marker. The metal marker protrudes from the wooden skid plate.
This cast iron seat is embellished with the name “Sunrise Planter.” The seat has no spring and is bolted to the planter tongue.
A corn planter box with the manufacturer’s name clearly marked.
Joe Isler’s wooden box corn jobber.
Joe Isler’s 3-row checkmarker. The implement was used crosswise to mark the place to set seed when using a check planter. Check planting made it possible to cultivate a field in two directions.
This Sunrise planter’s seat spring is made of formed wood.
Detail of the stamped sheet-metal seat from a planter owned by Will Green.
A planter owned by Will Green on display at Plain City, Ohio.