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Wanted: Gadgets, gizmos & contraptions.

The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are three sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

July's mystery tools

A. Unknown. Jim Moffet of Modesto, Calif., claims this could have possibly been used to crimp paper, but that is just a guess. There were no other guesses.

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B. Unknown. Owned by Dick Young of Sauk Centre, Minn. There were no guesses as to what this item might be, so it remains a mystery.

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C. Knife handle? Owned by Marion Miller of St. Francis, Kan. Jim Mau found patent no. 472,006, which looks similar to Mr. Miller's mystery tool. According to the March 29, 1892, patent, "This invention relates to a knife for cutting broom corn, for pruning purposes, or for any use requiring a thin blade and a stout handle which can be firmly grasped in the hand."

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From May

Onie Sims of Whittier, Calif., came to the rescue on this one, saying, "I have spent about a week running this thing down. I found it listed in Don Snyder's book, My Second 1,000 Wrenches, as well as in Wullweber's supplement East-West Antique Wrenches and Tools. It is a spoke dog, or spoke puller. It is used to line the tenons on buggy spokes with the holes in felloes on buggy wheels."

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Date:Aug 1, 2005
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