monthís "Guess What" came about through a carefully
planned invasion [with permission]
of the nationís premier patent
model archives - privately owned
and proudly curated by super collector Alan
Rothschild, of Cazenovia, New York.
(Feature article in up-coming issue.)
simple item - wood handle, brass fingers
with slide ring - was actually patented on
February 21, 1860 by W.J. Johnson
of Newton Corners, Massachusetts 27,225.
the year 1860, that number was not
the local zip code - but the actual
awarded patent number. The only other
information of help would be its size: 9"
the patent issued was for one specific use, it readily could
serve a number of alternate
functions such as: 1) Gripping part
for mechanical claw machine 2) Business end
of golf ball water hole retriever 3) Light
bulb changer (which werenít invented yet)
4) Bird dog trainerís dead bird scent dragger
5) Artichoke boiling water retrieval clamp
6) Tether ball holder 7) Poodle parlor dog
grooming tail holder 8) Clam broth favoring
swish-through-the-liquid ladeling scam
9) Instant dog muzzle and come-along.
in next month to see which one snookered the United States