13 March 2007

Looking for Images of Farm Implements?

I just had a thought...

Those who are looking for images of those items mentioned in an estate settlement from the 1800s or so might want to consider searching for the item on the US patents database at Google. While search for patents with a location of the town where I grew up, I happened upon an 1871 patent for a hand corn husker. There are images of every patented item on the website and Google's US Patents Database may be a good way for researchers to locate images of items with which they are unfamiliar. The patent description may also provide some information on what the item was used for.