Hello from Hazard!
Jon Papai, of Dellroy, Ohio, not only told us what our Item No. 1066 was, he shared a link to the original patent drawings by its inventor (see drawing on below).
Papai discovered it’s a cultivator for corn and other crops, invented and patented by Menno S. Yoder, of Shipshewana, Indiana, in 1913. The lever lowered or raised the wheels, to vary the contact of the oval “surface soil breaking member” with the soil.
Thank you, Jon, and I’m sure the folks at the Farm Science Review thank you, too. This item has been on exhibit at the Review for at least 10 years and no one has been able to identify it!
This week’s item is a mystery in more ways than one. We received it in an email in late August, but there was no sender’s name, nor any information about the item. We replied to the email for more details, but never heard back. So we’re sorry we can’t credit whoever sent in the photo, but we’ve got another item to hazard a guess on.
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Don’t let our stash of hazard-ous items run out! If you’ve got a household or farm item in your basement, attic, shed, barn or living room you think would be perfect for Hazard a Guess, please send a 35mm or digital photo (high resolution, please), along with a thorough description of the item, size and markings, as well as its use. Mail or email photos to us at the addresses listed above. Thank you!
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