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 four sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?
Mystery solved! Check your answers to the old tools presented in the November 2010 issue.
A.Wooden container holding water for a whetstone. On arrival at the field, the farmer would thrust the pointed end of the piece into the ground where it would remain in upright position, keeping the water from escaping. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.
B. File holder. Identified by Frank Carey, Monson, Mass.
C. Machine for setting up egg cartons. Identified by Frank Carey; Robert Shanholtz, Winchester, Va.; Ralph D. Maier, Eau Claire, Wis.; and Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wis. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.
D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet, as well as set curls in a man’s mustache; heated during use. Identified by James Moloney, Palos Hills, Ill.; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Frank Carey; Charles W. Caldwell, Greenfield, Ohio; and Bobby McCampbell, Niota, Tenn. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.