A. Corn stalk cutter used in lieu of a hand-held corn knife when shocking corn. This allowed the worker to carry more stalks by having both hands and arms free. Item shown is missing a footplate and leather straps. Identified by Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minnesota; Jo Gwinn, Helena, Oklahoma; John Wilding, Hermann, Missouri; Jackie Shanks, Garden Prairie, Illinois; Larry Whitesell, Tipton, Indiana; Bob Wittersheim, Saline, Michigan; James O. Wills, Lead Hill, Arkansas; John Seibert, Fountain, Minnesota; Bill Bracy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Dennis Bryant, Weston, Missouri; Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Harry Stubbs, Paola, Kansas; P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho; Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Indiana; Ken Hunter, Allerton, Illinois; Timothy Potaczek, Cornell, Wisconsin; Richard Bader, Middletown, New York; Dick Kates, Oakland, Iowa; Kenny Rutz, Pocahontas, Illinois; Urias J. Schrock, Medford, Wisconsin; Don Wolter, Brodhead, Wisconsin; Al V. Wheeler, Yorkville, Illinois; Ralph Farnsworth, New Haven, Vermont; Roger Madden, Sebastopol, California; and Harold Jehle, Baldwin City, Kansas. See patent no. 471,889. Photo submitted by Jackson County (Minnesota) Historical Society.
Patent no. 471,889: Stalk cutter. Patent granted to James W. Parker, Palmyra, Wisconsin, Sept. 8, 1874. This patent is an improvement on his original patent dated 1874.
A. Leatherworking bag punch used to make an elongated opening in leather for a buckle tongue. Identified by Angela Fields, Paris, Missouri; John Wilding; Larry Whitesell; DJ Hucker, Hopkinton, Iowa; Bill Bracy; Gary Studebaker; Joseph Kuepfer, Milverton, Ontario, Canada; Dick Kates; Urias Schrock; L.J. Bolhuis, Aplington, Iowa; and Lyle Schwarzrock, Poplar, Montana. Photo submitted by Ron Boldt, Platteville, Wisconsin.
A. Saw vise (or clamp) used when filing handsaws to prevent vibrations while sharpening saws. Identified by C.J. Shortridge, Dagsboro, Delaware; John Wilding; Richard Major, Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania; Larry Whitesell; Bob Wittersheim; Larry Ruebush, Good Hope, Illinois; Bill Bracy; Dick Kates; and Leon Huff, Columbia, Kentucky. See patent no. 288,376 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Stan Koehn, Wichita, Kansas.
Patent no. 288,376: Saw clamp. Patent granted to George N. Stearns, Syracuse, New York; Edward C. Stearns, Delilah Stearns and Avis Mead, executor of Said Stearns, deceased, Nov. 13, 1883.
A. Unidentified. Photo submitted by Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wisconsin.
A. Unidentified. Photo submitted by Richard Bader, Middletown, New York.