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A basket, generally made of very thin wooden slats about two inches wide that held one bushel. The quantity of many items of food for both humans and animals has been historically specified in bushels, but from a practical standpoint, only a few foods, even in the early 1900s, were actually packed in bushel quantities. Fruit was generally still packed and sold in bushel baskets, but things like a wagonload of corn were generally converted on the basis of weight to equivalent bushels for pricing.
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