Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 9, 2003.

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Hello from Hazard!

Just like everything else after the holidays, it’s time for Hazard to get back in the groove – it seems like a long time since we had a new item to unveil (and since we’ve heard from readers).

Take another look at Item No. 668. We received three guesses, but since owner James Campbell of Moundsville, W.Va., doesn’t know what it is used for, we don’t know for sure whose guess is correct (if any).

Long-time Hazard reader Joe Betz of Library, Pa., hazards a guess that the item could be used to measure the pressure in a natural gas connection.

Another long-timer, Fred Heaberlin of New Castle, Pa., thinks it could be a shut or transfer valve like those used on the Fordson tractors about 70 years ago. Those tractors had a small gasoline tank with a valve that opened up to start and warm up the engine. Then you’d close that valve and open up a valve to a larger kerosene tank which fueled the tractor.

Another Pennsylvania reader, Scott Sigworth of Clark, thinks the gizmo is simply a beer keg tap.

If anyone can corroborate any of these ideas, drop us a line.

On to Item No. 669, submitted by Mary Lou Wiskowski of Glenshaw, Pa.

I can pretty much guarantee Hazard has never had this particular item featured before (it’s a fun one!). Do you know what it is?

Send your guesses to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com

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