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Mystery Solved: May 2015 Mystery Tool Answers

| 7/2/2015 1:22:00 PM

May 2015 Mystery Tool A

May 2015 Mystery Tool A

A. Unidentified. Photo submitted by Virgil Cassill via email.


May 2015 Mystery Tool B

May 2015 Mystery Tool B

A. Case and box machine used to hold the heads of wooden boxes and crates – in particular, egg cases before the era of cardboard cartons – in position during construction. Identified by Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minnesota; Robert M.Peters, Independence, Missouri; Dick Kates, Oakland, Iowa; and Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Indiana.

The device enabled one person to build boxes and crates by holding the two ends and center partition in place, while the bottom and side slats were nailed on. It also rotated, allowing access to all four sides of the crate. The machine was used to construct 30-dozen egg cases consisting of two 15-dozen compartments side by side. The 30-dozen cases were in heavy demand for shipping and delivery from farm to town.


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