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As you can see here (but you will see better if you collect a few) the corn husker tool was not only important for survival, each one became a highly personalized utilitarian object used every day until the job was done. Some were decorated, as the one here with cool brass or silver buttons applied. The tool consisted of a blade, some made by hand, later by factory, affixed to a leather wrist strap often with additional pads to protect the hand. Now I won't claim anyone LIKED their corn husking tool. In fact, it was a horrible thing to put on every morning and was hated, though appreciated by the end of a long day. Each one developed real character through use. I am sure plenty of blisters formed around the edges.
Who used them? Every damn person available. In the photo here titled "Corn Husking In Kansas" on the reverse, you can see the work crew near the end of the job. Young, old and animal. There was a day when the harvest meant more than a hayride the Chamber of Commerce puts on around Halloween.
My collection cost about five bucks each, and they have the feel and import of ancient relics. I guess they are.
Collection of Corn Husking hand tools and an original photograph, circa 1900 All Collection Jim Linderman
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