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 such gadgets, sent in by readers; can you identify them? Answers will appear in the next issue, as space permits.
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