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Shovel-Handed Digging Machines  
  Huge multi-legged machines used to dig and manipulate earth.  

Other machines which squatted like huge metallic insects, occasionally raising themselves on leg-like levers to change their positions, reached out with great extension arms that terminated in universal-jointed paddles or “hands,” each probably fifteen feet across, and scooped vast quantities of the earth toward the outer part of the mound.


(Digging machine from 'The Onslaught from Venus' by Frank Phillips)

From The Onslaught From Venus, by Frank Phillips.
Published by Science Wonder Stories in 1929
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