Old Farm Tools – What Is It? June 2010 Answers

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A. Meat tenderizer, as identified by George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill., and John Brown, Falmouth, Ind. Photo submitted by Harold R. Hultquist, Fremont, Neb. See patent 1,161,845.
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A. Meat tenderizer, as identified by George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill., and John Brown, Falmouth, Ind. Photo submitted by Harold R. Hultquist, Fremont, Neb. See patent 1,161,845.
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Patent 1,161,845: Meat tenderer patented by Ralph F. Chatillon, Greenburg, N.Y., Nov. 30, 1915. As designed, the device could not only tenderize and shred meat, but was easily disassembled for cleaning. The tenderer (today, a tenderizer) featured spring-loaded serrated knife blades in a simple construction.
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C. Book carrier/parcel carrier/shawl carrier, likely home-made. Photo submitted by P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho. See patents 412,295, 360,769, 401,073 and 303,896 for similar devices. 
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B. Cotton boll separator, as identified by Thomas Janecke, Lake George, Mich., and Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn. Photo submitted by Ralph and Anna Cook, Imboden, Ark. 
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Patent 360,769: Package holder: Patent granted to Newland E. Frost, Geneva, N.Y., Aug. 5, 1887.
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Patent 303,896: Shawl strap: Patent granted to William B. Tharp, Eagle Pass, Texas, Aug. 19, 1884.
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Patent 412,295: Shawl strap: Patent granted to Howard W. Reynolds, Rochester, N.Y., and N.E. Stoneburn, Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 8, 1889.
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D. Ensilage cutter/blower, as identified by Stephen Clemens, Glenn Stockwell, Riley, Kan.; Ron Hejlik, Nashville, Ill.; Willard Engel, Marshall, Minn.; Lloyd Weber, Riverside, Iowa; Mil Harr, Littleton, Colo.; Robert Scholz, Elmo, Mo.; Jason Stodola, Clarkson, Neb.; Ephraim Herriott, Springfield, W. Va.; Jim Bolt, Corsica, S.D.; Richard Blough, Bristol, Ind.; Tom Bozell, Blaine, Minn.; Tom Claussen, Beloit, Kan.; John Brown; Herb McFetridge, Stanley, N.Y.; Thomas Janecke; Sheldon Malmedal, Linton, N.D.; Robert E. Oldenkamp, Hawarden, Iowa; Marlin O. Herbst, Merrill, Iowa; Kirk D. Rosel, Shellsburg, Iowa; Maurice Davis, Conklin, N.Y.; Orrin Johnson, Alexandria, Minn.; and Ron Neisen, Carlos, Minn. Photo submitted by Bill Vall, Asheville, N.C.
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Patent 401,073: Shawl strap: Patent granted to Max Rubin, New York City, N.Y., April 9, 1889.

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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. Check your answers to the old farm tools presented in the June 2010 issue. Mystery solved!

A.Meat tenderizer, as identified by George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill., and John Brown, Falmouth, Ind. Photo submitted by Harold R. Hultquist, Fremont, Neb.See patent 1,161,845.

B. Cotton boll separator, as identified by Thomas Janecke, Lake George, Mich., and Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn. Photo submitted by Ralph and Anna Cook, Imboden, Ark.

C. Book carrier/parcel carrier/shawl strap, likely home-made. Photo submitted by P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho. See patents 412,295, 360,769, 401,073 and 303,896 for similar devices.

D. Ensilage cutter/silage blower, as identified by Stephen Clemens, Glenn Stockwell, Riley, Kan.; Ron Hejlik, Nashville, Ill.; Willard Engel, Marshall, Minn.; Lloyd Weber, Riverside, Iowa; Mil Harr, Littleton, Colo.; Robert Scholz, Elmo, Mo.; Jason Stodola, Clarkson, Neb.; Ephraim Herriott, Springfield, W. Va.; Jim Bolt, Corsica, S.D.; Richard Blough, Bristol, Ind.; Tom Bozell, Blaine, Minn.; Tom Claussen, Beloit, Kan.; John Brown; Herb McFetridge, Stanley, N.Y.; Thomas Janecke; Sheldon Malmedal, Linton, N.D.; Robert E. Oldenkamp, Hawarden, Iowa; Marlin O. Herbst, Merrill, Iowa; Kirk D. Rosel, Shellsburg, Iowa; Maurice Davis, Conklin, N.Y.; Orrin Johnson, Alexandria, Minn.; and Ron Neisen, Carlos, Minn. Photo submitted by Bill Vall, Asheville, N.C.


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