The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are three sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?
October's mystery tools
HOW TO SEND 'What-is-it?' photos and/or identifications to Farm Collector: Photos of submitted items should be taken in a well-lighted area against a plain background if possible and received by Farm Collector by the 22nd of each month.
Items may be sent by:
Regular mail: Farm Collector, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609.
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