Peelers, Parers, Pitters and Other Labor-Saving Tools

Early labor-saving tools made of iron helped make kitchen chores not only easier, but quicker.

Goodell Lightning arc peeler
Manufactured by D.H. Goodell, Antrim, N.H., the Goodell Lightning arc peeler was one of the fastest peelers made. An apple was placed on the fork with the handle to one side. The handle was moved to the other side and the apple was peeled. The tool was patented in 1863.
Photo courtesy George Wanamaker