Before labor saving machinery like mechanical pickers husking corn was done by hand
Bill Hanby, Macomb, III., at the 1997 Illinois Nationals held at Monmouth, Ill.
An early one-row, horse-drawn corn picker
Hand corn-husking hooks were used into the 1940s. Most were "palm" types, but thumb hooks and pegs were also used. The hook shown at the top left was made by the Kees Company. The one at the bottom is a "Commonsense Husker," made by B.N. Thomas Co., Shenendoah, Iowa