(1804 - 1860)
Corn Planting Machine
from The Mechanics' Magazine (1836)
Corn and Planting Machine - A free man of colour, Henry Blair by name, has invented a machine called the corn-planter, which is now exhibiting in the capital of Washington. It is described as a very simple and ingenious machine, which, as moved by a horse, opens the furrow, drops (at proper intervals, and in an exact and suitable quantity,) the corn, covers it, and levels the earth, so as, in fact, to plant the corn as rapidly as a horse can draw a plough over the ground. The inventor thinks it will save the labour of eight men. He is about to make some alterations in it to adapt it to the planting of cotton. - New York Paper.
- Henry Blair's
No. X8447 - Seed Planter - diagrams and full description of the invention.
- Henry Blair's Patent No. 15 - Cotton Planter - full description of the invention.
- 14 October Today in Science History - event description for date of issue of corn planter patent.
- 31 August Today in Science History - event description for date of issue of cotton seed planter patent.
- Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success, by Keith C. Holmes. - book recommendation.
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