|Old Time Erie: Lovell Mfg Co ad from 1890 Erie Evening Herald|
In addition to eradicating vermin, Lovell's also made clothes ringers, step ladders, cash registers and roller bearings. The Choker Mouse Trap was a wooden block turned on a lathe into a circle with four holes on the perimeter. When a mouse stuck its head in the hole in search of a treat, it was in for a rude awakening when the wire snapped. The inside of the mouse trap was hollow, so you just picked it up to dispose of the dearly departed.
The Beatty Museum in Beatty, Nevada has a neat history of the Lovell Wringer Washer at: http://www.beattymuseum.org/lovell_wringer.html
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