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   Vol. 7, Issue 6
   September 2012
 
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Excerpt from American Agriculturist, Volume 38, 1879

A Home-Made Fruit Picker

Fruit-PickerA great amount of ingenuity has been expended in contriving implements for securing fruit inaccessible by hand. The general fault is that they are too complicated and liable to get out of order. "Veteran," of Somerville, Mass., makes a fruit picker as follows: "Take an old quart tomato can, and insert it in the coals; when it has remained long enough to melt the solder, pull off the top with a pair of pincers and file the edge of the can smooth. Take part of another can and make a socket, and solder this to the bottom of the can, put an old rake handle into the socket and the implement is complete. To use it, put a handful of grass in the bottom of the picker, then press the edge of it against the fruit stem at its junction with the limb, and you will have the fruit without a bruise."

The cut shows the picker without a handle. Every housekeeper ought to know how to solder, and such can readily fit a socket of this kind. Those who cannot tinker, can use a can nailed or screwed to the top of a long handle. It is worthwhile to take a little trouble to save fine specimens of fruit without bruising.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1879. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.

 
     
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