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Did your farmhouse have one of these?

Tom J. Bechman forgotten tech tool
WHAT AM I? If your mother or maybe even your wife was handy around the house, you’re more likely to know what this item was used for back in the day.
Forgotten Tool: These appliances were once common in some farm communities.

You don’t have to be near the century mark in age to recognize this Forgotten Tool. Even I remember these. My mother had a model that looked very similar to the one pictured above. As a young boy, I remember asking her what it was. I also remember her telling me to stay away from it when she was using it.

Those should be enough clues to help you figure this one out. If you need just a bit more help, this was technically an appliance, not a farm tool, and you would normally find it in the farmhouse, not the barn. Send your guess to, or mail it to: P.O. Box 247, Franklin, IN 46131. Be sure to include your mailing address. One person from all correct entries will receive a gift card.

We love the comments many of you include with your answer, often reminiscing about how your family used the Forgotten Tool. Keep those comments coming!

Easy pickings

We were easy on you with this previous Forgotten Tool column. Yes, those items hanging on the wall in the photo are seed plates. Some are plastic and a few are metal. Different colors often meant they were for different models of planters, although colors didn’t always match up with planter brand colors.

Many of you said you still have a collection of these lying around. David Stolz, Plainfield, Ind., repurposes them as wind chimes and even as napkin holders for the kitchen table. They’re cleaned up and painted first, of course!

Congratulations to the drawing winner: Rou Friedersdorf of Westport, Ind.

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