Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 8, 2009

Happy New Year from Hazard!

I know it’s been a long two weeks for some of you Hazard loyalists, but our holiday deadlines and production schedule made it impossible to show a new photograph and get responses.

But we’re back in the new year (the Chinese “Year of the Ox”, in case you were wondering) and ready to roll.

And just like pork, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut on Jan. 2, we have leftovers. Mike Harris of Freedom Township, Ohio, was another reader to respond that Item No. 850 was a bottle corker. He has been trying for years to find out what his own corker was, and just received conformation last summer.

Item No. 851, shared by Ray Burger of Louisville, Ohio, is a hay knife, say Lowell Reed of Cowansville, Pa., and Lloyd Wiseman of Zanesville, Ohio. It works like a scissors, with the two sharp blades.

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Item No. 852 is a new photo for us this week, thanks to Jake Ferrari of Newry, Pa. (True confessions: I had to consult an online map to find out where Newry is — south of Altoona, in case anyone else was curious).

As you can see from the photo, this gizmo is about 16 inches long. Ferrari says it’s made of aluminum, and can swing further open. The center has different sized holes.

Now, can anyone tell us how it was used? Start the year off with some fun and tell us what you know. Write to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

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