Corn Sheller

The hand crank is broken, but the ear was fed into the machine, caught by the rotating teeth, which cut the kernels off the cob. The kernels fell into a basket below, and the cobs fell to the floor, to be fed to the pigs or kept as fuel for the cook stove. Corn shellers like this were used on every farm to collect seed corn for the next year’s crop—and by farmers like Ray Cryder who bagged and sold.

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