Letters to the Editor: Authentic Marsh Harvester?

Reader Dale H. Brumm found an illustration of a Marsh Harvester dated to 1867.

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Enclosed is an illustration of a Marsh Harvester dated 1867. I have never seen any information on this machine and wonder if it is authentic. This was found with a group of historical sketches dated 1867 from Des Moines, Iowa. The picture of the harvester shows a definite preconcept of the binder that followed. (This shows that necessity is the mother of invention!)

- Dale H. Brumm
Sioux City, Iowa