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Wanted: gadgets, gizmos and 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. These three were sent by readers. Do you know what they are?

June's mystery tools

A. Corn shock binder, owned by Steven Raymond of Montpelier, Ohio. This tool connected to a rope that was lassoed around a corn shock. With the rope's loose end threaded in the eyelet, the rope was pulled as tightly as possible, then locked to bind the shock. The binder was identified by Harold Anderson, Lindsborg, Kan.; Philip Marshall, Leesburg, Va.; Barry Navarre, New Tripoli, Pa.; Charles Swope, Needmore, Pa.; Irvan Cregger, Woodsboro, Md.; Tim Scott, Charleston, Ark.; Robert Corbat, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Steve Gulick, Gordonsville, Va.; Tim Todhunter, Payneville, Ky., and Richard Grienke, Aurelia, Iowa.

B. Lemon squeezer, owned by Roy and Judy Archibald of Leavenworth, Ind. The lemon was inserted in the device and squeezed using the hand levers and fulcrum "so that when power is applied the flat surfaces of the interior of the cylinder will be brought together, forming comparatively a close-fitting joint," according to an 1881 patent. Only Onie Sims of Whittier, Calif., identified the item. He calls it "a Little Giant" lemon squeezer, probably made by Peck & Stowe."

C. Hog snout holder, owned by David Langdon of Cadillac, Mich. Placed over the hog snout, a strong squeeze on the handle (located at bottom of the drawing at left) and the grip locked the device to the snout, thus immobilizing the hog and enabling a farmer to "ring" it. Identified by Barry Navarre, Robert Corbat and Onie Sims.

HOW TO SEND "What-is-it?" photos and/or identifications to Farm Collector: Photos of submitted items should be taken in a well-lighted area against a plain background if possible.

Items may be sent by:

* Regular mail: Farm Collector, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609;

* E-mail: editor@farmcollector.com For digital photos, adjust "image size" to "full," "3:2" or "UXGA." Adjust "image quality" to "hi" or "fine." For scanned photos, use "300 dpi"; send "jpeg."

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