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One of a category of activities noted by Allen Guttman as derived from the transformation of domestic activities into forms of competition (Sports: The First Five Millennia, 2004). A National Cornhusking Association, with a membership based on nine Midwest USA states, has continued to sponsor an annual competition to find the ‘best person at picking corn by hand’. Cornhusking was at its peak in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. A crowd of 50,000 was reported to have witnessed southpaw (left-handed) Carl Seiler win the 1932 Illinois State title; he went on to win the national championship in the same year. Such crowds for such local and traditional activities illustrate the persistence of local cultures, and the limits of the reach of consumerism, at the time of the Great Depression.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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