Early-1900s Corn Processing

by Rena

Corn Sheller – Red Wooden Case

Corn Shelling

Corn Sheller

Above are some antique corn shellers that were at the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, 2009. Manual corn shellers were improved enough to work smoothly by the 1870s. See the a picture of a corn sheller from 1870.

The early shellers required manual feeding of the cobs of corn; later, and now, they automatically feed into the corn sheller by a conveyor.

Check out our investigation on how to make corn flakes and other cereal.

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