Corn Items Collectors Association showcases diverse category
A husking hook from the collection of Curtis Norskog, displayed at the Harlan, Iowa, county fair.
Roland Thomas with his Morecorn No. 1 Seed Grader. The grader sorts a variety of corn in five kernel sizes. Roland knows corn: He sold DeKalb seed for 45 years, and farmed. In the process, he’s built an extensive collection of corn items.
A longtime collector of corn items, Beverly Egber, Hooper, Neb., is stumped by this piece, which she found at an estate sale. Marked with “The Seed Trade Reporting Bureau, Chicago, Ill.,” the piece features a funnel with a trip.
Bob Anderson, Coon Rapids, Iowa, with some of his collectible seed corn sacks. His collection totals nearly 700 sacks, but it’s nowhere near complete, he says. “I’m just a thimble, but that’s how collections get started.”
This Campbell Corn Drill, manufactured in Harrison, Ohio, between 1890 and 1910, features multiple gears. Handsomely restored by collector Roland Thomas, Mondamin, Iowa, and displayed at the CICA exhibit in Harlan, the piece is a remnant of a long-lost time. “If a guy had 20 acres, he had a big field,” Roland says. “And he used this to plant. It just boggles my mind.”