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From the New Jersey Herald of February 25, 1943.

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Those of you who responded to the "What is it" quiz on Wednesday had the right idea. This is a model of a Farrell Drop-Tine Hay Fork. John Farrell of Sussex County first patented the Hay Fork design in 1883. There were many subsequent patents as he refined his design. He first manufactured the Hay Forks on his Green Township farm. By January 1894, he had opened a Hay Fork Factory at 23 Madison Street in Newton. The building still stands and has been converted into apartments. As you drive by today you can still see the remnants of the beam in the peak of the front roof which was used to lift items up into the upper stories. Check back on Wednesday for another "What is it" item from the museum.

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What is it Wednesday. Periodically we will post photos of items in the Museum collection. From the collection is this model of a larger item. Take a guess. What is it?

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Then and now: something about the Roseville Tunnel makes it so appealing for then and now photos. The original photo, a postcard, appeared in the book “Penny-a-view building the Lackawanna Cutoff through Northwest New Jersey”, by Wayne T. McCabe and Kate Gordon. It shows an old steam shovel at work clearing the tunnel. The now photo was taken by the page admin in December 2017.
This is the Eastern portal of the Tunnel.

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