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Hay baling machinery was introduced in the 1800s and during the Civil War period. Prices for hay increased during the war years. The hook was used to pick up baled hay to make it easier to transport. Source information: Fletcher, Whitcomb W. Pennsylvania Agriculture and Country Life 1840-1940. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1955. Print. Gates, Paul W. The Impact of the Civil War: Agriculture and the Civil War. Ed. Nevins, Allan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, 1965. Print.
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