Hello from Hazard!
Woo-hoo! At last, a response on Item No. 867 — and a correct one, at that!
Michael Rolf of Cleveland, Ohio, knew that it is an early fish trap (and we do mean “early.” Jason Michaels, who submitted the item, says it’s from the 1880s.).
Like a mousetrap, these are spread apart, baited and then snap when the fish swims through it. Rolf believes the traps may not be American, but English or French.
Michaels found the 18-inch long trap in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Thanks to both gentlemen for making the Hazard wheel go ’round!
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This week’s mystery item comes from John Velegol of Colliers, W.Va., who found it at a flea market in Florida. (And, no, I don’t think it’s a hair brush.)
Know how it was used? We’d love to hear from you. Write to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.