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This is likely to have been used by farmers in Western PA, including the Grahams whose letters indicate that they grew grain including rye. [Letters GC1]. Most Pennsylvania farmers could only afford a four-finger cradle. The grain cradle began to replace the grain sickle around 1789, but some Pennsylvania farmers continued to use sickles until 1840. Source: Fletcher, Whitcomb W. Pennsylvania Agriculture and Country Life 1840-1940. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1955. Print. Stephenson, Clarence D. Indiana County 175th Anniversary History. Indiana, Pennsylvania: The A.G. Halldin Publishing Co., 1995. Print.
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Scythes, 19th century, Pictorial works. Agricultural implements, United States, History, 19th century, Pictorial works.
"Grain Cradle Scythe" (2019). Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Civil War. 301.
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