Artifact of the Month
Donated by Virginia Garvey (S-77-64)
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.