Excerpt from American Agriculturist, Volume 41, 1882.
Shoulder-Straps for a Wheelbarrow
have long seen in occasional use, and long used a simple arrangement
for relieving the hands and arms in carrying loads upon the
ordinary wheelbarrow, and in this as with many other simple
devices, it did not occur to us that everybody did not know
of it. A letter from an intelligent correspondent, Mr. Marsh,
of Danbury, Conn. — a state so noted for notions and devices
that one would almost say, "what a Connecticut Yankee does
not know about devices is not worth knowing" — says
it is new to him, and is so convenient and useful that everybody
ought to know of it.
A strap, of webbing or of leather, or of any strong
fabric (we have seen bed-ticking used) of suitable length, has
loops in the two ends to slip over the wheelbarrow handles.
This is thrown over the shoulders, and to them may be transferred
a part or the whole of the weight. It can be provided in a few
minutes, and will be found of decided advantage.
The engraving explains the arrangement.—A buckle a foot
or more from one end of the strap would allow the length to
be changed as desired, so as to be "short enough for a
boy, or long enough for a long man." The wheelbarrow is
one of the handiest implements on the farm, and no place should
be without one.