PARADE OF NEW PATENTS (Nov, 1961)
PARADE OF NEW PATENTS
Tricycle Conversion Kit enables junior to use his sidewalk scooter the year around. For use on ice or snow, the front wheel is removed and reslung under the frame with the wheel normally off the ground. Thus the vehicle can slide on the runners provided with the kit. Rider’s weight on the pedals brings the wheel into contact with the ground. Patent No. 2,978,251. Martin E. Gerdes, Alexandria, Minn.
All-Purpose Holder for smokers is designed to hold either a cigarette, cigar, or pipe bowl. It also provides a filter chamber that can be switched on or off by rotating a fingertip control knob. And the chamber can be charged with either a liquid or solid filter material. A cleaning tool or pick for the holder is built in. The inventor expects the holder to be easy and inexpensive to manufacture. Patent No. 2,986,146. Yao-Huang Li, Hong Kong, China.
Simple Spring Clip is designed to hold telephone or extension wires securely, easily, and quickly, either permanently or temporarily, to the undersides of shelves, ledges, or beams. If adopted, it would replace the nails, staples, and other fasteners now in common use. While one style holds the wire parallel to the edge of the shelf, the other holds it perpendicular to the edge. Patent No. 2,985,932. Joseph H. Windish, Enhauts, Pa.
Suitcase-Wardrobe combines the functions of ordinary luggage with those of a clothes closet so wrinkles can hang out of your clothing after a day’s travel. Spring steel strips at the ends of the folding portion help the piece stand upright when it’s open. No complicated hinges are used. Patent No. 2,985,266. Joseph Y. Pelavin, Brooklyn, N. Y., assignor to Droutman Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Straight Shooting is easier with this simple harness for sidearms and sub-machine guns. Harness provides a firm, steady, straight arm grip— the best position for relaxed and accurate firing. Loops in each end are so designed that one holds the gun and the other passes around the shooter’s neck. Patent No. 2,985,980. Duane K. Broshous, Stockton, III., assignor of one half to Donald Perry, Stockton.
Automatic Electric Kettle has a pilot light and adjustable control knob letting you set temperatures from a fast boil to a gentle simmer. Bimetal switches control the heating elements. Patent No. 2,987,607. William P. Paulin, Barrie, Ont., Canada, assignor to Canadian General Electric Co., Toronto.
Shoe Muffs will keep skiers and skaters’ feet warm during icy weather. Each muff slips onto one shoe skate or ski boot. Long laces are threaded through rings along the muff’s lower edges and are tied across the top of the instep. Two straps buckle around the rear of the shoe. The muffs, made of sheepskin or other insulating material would be water proofed. Patent No. 2,984,917. Kenneth D. Saunders, Billings, Mont.
Handy Car Tray provides a practical portable table for use when traveling by car. When you stop for a snack, the tray can be set up on the seat or even on the transmission hump as shown. The four adjustable legs keep the tray secure in almost any location in the car. Recesses are designed so drinking cups snap into place to prevent spilling. Patent No. 2,986,438. Vance A. Smothers and Keenen M. Smathers, both of Lake Junaluska, N. C.
• For more complete information on any of the inventions shown here, you may order copies of each original patent by sending your request with the patent number to Commissioner of Patents, Department of Commerce, Washington 25, D. C. Enclose 2 5$ in cash for each patent.