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Flax Board

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This is a photograph of a flax board that was used during the 1700s and throughout the 1800s. This tool was called a "hetchel" or "hackle." Flax was a leading commerical crop grown in Pennsylvania during the Civil War. There was an effort to replace cotton with more easily grown crops, including flax, so that the Union didn't have to rely on the South's cotton production during the war. Sources: Fletcher, Whitcomb W. Pennsylvania Agriculture and Country Life 1840-1940. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1955. Print.

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Vince's Agriculture Project Vol. I

Keywords

Flax, Harvesting, 19th century, Pictorial works. Agricultural implements, United States, History, 19th century, Pictorial works.

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The digitized images of letters, photographs, and other items from the Agriculture Collection in the “Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Civil War” exhibit are the property of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Pa. These images may only be used for non-commercial, educational purposes under “Fair Use” guidelines. For additional information contact: HGSIC, 621 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, Pa. 15701; (724) 463-9600. Email ichistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, PA; Agriculture Collection

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