Corn Planter
Corn Planter
Corn Planter
Corn Planter
Corn Planter
Corn Planter

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Farming Tools ➔ Corn Planter

Hand-held corn planters such as this occupy an important place between ancient manual methods of planting and the modern mechanized agriculture of today. Between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s numerous designs for hand-held corn planters, also known as "bill picks" or "corn jabbers" were developed. The idea was to make planting corn seeds as simple, efficient, and regular as possible. This one-handed device made a small hole in the soil and deposited a seed in one motion. With a corn planter like this, a farmer could plant 2-4 acres a day, instead of only 1 acre using traditional tools.
circa 1900
Wood, Iron
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift of Jacobson's Apparel Store
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Jacobson's Department Store
Jacobson's was a regional department store that was founded in 1868 by Abram Jacobson in Reed City, Michigan. It operated mostly in Michigan and Florida, however, there were stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Kansas. The store originally focused on ladieswear but later expanded to include menswear and children's clothing. Jacobson's declared bankruptcy in 2002 after 164 years of service. 
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