The photos above were sent to Hopedale by a lady in Connecticut, who wanted to know what the
device shown is. It was manufactured by the Dutcher Temple Company of Hopedale, which, of course,
mainly made Dutcher temples. They also produced various other gizmos. This device has patent
dates of 1884 and 1886. Eventually the answer turned up in a letter in the Hopedale Historical
Commission files. (See below) The letter, sent in 1988, like the pictures above, sent in 2007, came
from Connecticut. It's a pencil sharpener. Below the letter is an ad for a Dutcher manufactured bread
mixer/kneader. The ad was for sale on eBay.
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