Artifact of the Month

Crop Duster
Donated by Virginia Garvey (S-77-64)

wooden hand-cranked crop duster

This was originally thought to be a centrifugal seeder. However, further research indicates that this is a type of crop duster used to apply a layer of dry pesticide such as Paris Green (an arsenic compound) to garden plants. The pesticidal powder was loaded into the duster, which the farmer then donned via a shoulder strap. While walking up and down the garden rows, he or she turned the crank, which blew the pesticide out the duster barrel and onto the plants.

A similar duster can be seen on the Prince Edward Island Community Museum website.

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