Posts tagged with ‘patent’

  • This Day in History November 5, 1895

    By Ruth on November 5, 2013
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    I was unaware of today’s feature, and  maybe you were, too!  On this date in 1895, George Selden patented his internal combustion engine along with the carriage it was intended to power.  Following this, a group of carmakers created a cartel, and the only way one could get a patent was to pay to join this exclusive group. For more […]
  • This Day in History May 20, 1873

    By Ruth on May 20, 2013
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    So are you a Levi jeans fan?  For me, it’s never been a big deal because genuine Levi jeans seems so expensive.  Nevertheless, on this date in 1873, Levi Strauss, a German immigrant, and his partner Jacob Davis received a patent for “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings” by means of studs.  This was the birth of the modern blue jeans.  Since that […]
  • This Day in History May 5, 1809

    By Ruth on May 5, 2013
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    Nothing like a straw hat for a lady to look especially chic, right?  And the Patent Act of 1790 opened the door for any U.S. citizen to protect his/her invention with a patent.  I am sure that most did not figure women would get in on this–especially back in the date.  Most women didn’t even try to patent their ideas. […]
  • This Day in History February 16, 1937

    By Ruth on February 16, 2013
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    Well, ladies, it was a momentous days for those lovely nylon stockings we “love” to wear.  On this date in 1937, Wallace Carothers filed a patent for nylon–technically called Nylon 6-6 (because of the six atoms in its molecules).  Carothers had been searching for a substitute for silk, due to our strained relations with Japan.  It took him three years, […]
  • This Day in History September 24, 1889

    By Ruth on September 24, 2012
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    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IBM_time_clock.jpg#file This is an early time clock, and it was on this date in 1889, that Alexander Dey patented his dial time recorder. It used to be that times that employees worked were kept on handwritten logs.  This made it a much more scientific, accurate process.  By 1910, they were commonplace. Dr. Alexander Dey treated the wife of Mr. Gamble […]
  • This Day in History August 26, 1902

    By Ruth on August 26, 2012
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cezaryborysiuk/4497211501/ Okay, so where would we be without the flashlight (or torch)?  How did we live before this wonderful invention came along?  On this date in 1902, Conrad Hubert was awarded patent 737,107 for a flashlight with an on and off switch.  He was a Russian Jew, and it was the Russian persecution of Jews in 1890 that caused him […]
  • This Day in History August 24, 1869

    By Ruth on August 24, 2012
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanmcintosh/3751958052/ You may have heard that it is National Waffle Day today, but do you know why?  It was on this date in 1869 that the first patent was given out for a waffle iron.  And do you know to whom that patent was issued?  Cornelius Swartwout.  His design was very simple.  Essentially, he put a lid on a hinge […]
  • This Day in History March 14, 1794

    By Ruth on March 13, 2012
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    I remember this inventor–Eli Whitney. He applied for a patent for his revolutionary cotton gin in 1793 and it was on this date in 1794 that he received the patent.  This machine was a revolution in the cotton industry since with this machine, one could clean 50 pounds of cotton per day.  It made the job easier and faster. Sadly, there […]
  • This Day in History February 16, 1932

    By Ruth on February 15, 2012
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    Ready for this earth-shattering bit of information today?  On this date in 1932, James Markham was given the first ever patent for his peach tree.  You see, he crossed two peach trees, and the resulting peaches were large–no small peaches at all.  It took five years to perfect this particular peach tree. Once Markham was able to create a peach […]