Hello from Hazard!
I think I see a shiny, bright orb in the sky and seems to be melting all the white piles on the ground. Some of those piles, however, will be around for a long, long time! Anyway, enjoy the sun while you can.
The Hazard mailbox has been strangely silent after a busy couple weeks. We didn’t hear boo on Item No. 885, so we’ll move on this week, unfortunately leaving it an unsolved mystery.
Item No. 885
The individual who took the photograph of the item at Fort Henry Days in Wheeling, W.Va., thought the exhibitor told him it was used for making screws.
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We may be going to an equally difficult Hazard item with Item No. 886. Joseph Frank of Daisytown, Pa., sent in several photos, but we’re not sure if you’ll be able to see exactly what kind of a gizmo he has.
We’ve got some etching information, and I think we need to give you a little of those hints even in the first go-round. We won’t tell you what the trademark is, but it says it was “Made by Russell & Lrwn Mfg New Britain, Conn. USA”. Patented Aug. 2, 1859 (or at least Frank says it looks like a “9”).
Can anyone piece together what this contraption does?
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