Patent Parade (Feb, 1957)

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• 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 25c in cash for each patent.

Racing Booster Jets. These swivelling nozzles, jetting engine exhaust gas backward and laterally (opposing centrifugal force on curves) will boost racing-car power up to 10%, says the inventor. Patent No. 2,724,450, Reinhold G. Kamps, Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Germany (Assignor to Daimler-Benz, A.G., Stuttgart-Unterturkheim, Germany).

Golf Cart Odometer. Cam action off a wheel on this golf cart gages your travel on the links. Played and unplayed distances between holes are shown. Patent No. 2,711,027, Norman Bruce Williamson, Portland, Oregon (Assignor to Jarman-Williamson Co., Oregon).

Portable Air Conditioner. Stash this unit in your car or cabin cruiser; move it around the house; take it along to hotels and motels. Runs on battery too. Patent No. 2,749,725, Eldon F. Essman et al, Dubugue, Iowa (Assignors to Eska Company, Dubugue, Iowa).

Clock Wound by Steering Wheel. Turning the steering wheel winds this clock. And it’s safe, too, since it only takes a glance at the wheel hub in order to tell the time. Patent No. 2,699,034, Georges Maire, Tavannes, Switzerland (Assignor to Tavannes Watch Co., S.A., Tavannes, Switzerland).

Dispenser for Shoe Non-Skid Tape. This tape for preventing falls in icy weather comes in a roll with sole and heel lengths readily marked off for tearing at the perforations. The walking side of the tape Is abrasive; the other side has an adhesive coating for sticking to your soles and heels. Patent No. 2,732,065, Andrew S. Marchese, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Aircraft Retractable Floats. A pilot flying this plane equipped with its fully retractable float can land and take off from water with greater safety since the ship is more fully streamlined than standard fixed-float sea planes. Side floats or sponsons lift as stabilizing planing surfaces. Patent No. 2,753,135, Arthur Gouge, East Cowes, Isle of Wight (Assignor to Saunders-Roe, Ltd., Osborne, Isle of Wight, England).

Pocketbook Fan. Stay cool wherever you are with this miniature blower. One flashlight battery runs it. Blades hang folded at rest; spinning fans them out. Cover comes off top, fits onto bottom during use. Patent No. 2,750,104, C. Scaroulis, New York, N.Y.

Picture-Window TV. Ionizing gases and control electrodes operate this mural screen which hangs on any wall. Patent No. 2,760,119, P. G. Toulon, New York, N.Y. (Assignor to Products and Licensing Corp., Greenwich, Conn., and Nelson Moore and William D. Hall).

  1. Tim says: October 27, 201111:57 am

    Is that an early design for a plasma TV there?

  2. Hirudinea says: October 27, 201112:36 pm

    @ Tim – Mabye.

    That plane above looks like the F2Y , check out the link.…

  3. Jari says: October 27, 20111:51 pm

    Portable AC: Not that convenient, as you’ll have to freeze the refrigerant elsewhere, if I read that patent correctly.

  4. George says: October 27, 20114:25 pm

    I like the steering wheel clock. When you have a 1950’s style seatbelt-less accident, it imprints the time of collision on your chest.

  5. Wayne Johnston says: October 27, 20117:47 pm

    @Tim – This does seem to be an early plasma display. The technology is different from a modern plasma TC, but the patent clearly states that the flat panel in the interior of the device is filled with a plasma. See….

    The inventor, P. M. G Toulon, also appears to have invented an early videodisc player. Wikipedia states “P.M.G Toulon, a French inventor working at Westinghouse Electric during the 1950s and 1960s patented a system in 1952 (US Patent 3198880) which used a slow spinning disc with a spiral track of photographically 1.5 millimeter wide recorded frames, along with a flying spot scanner, which swept over them to produce a video image.” (…).

  6. TomLR says: October 28, 20115:30 am

    My father showed me that article when I was about 5. We had just gotten a console TV the year before. I don’t know why it made such an impression on me, but I remember liking the idea of hanging the TV on a wall. As I recall, there was no idea of “color TV” in my mind at the time.

  7. Stephen says: October 28, 20114:27 pm

    Isn’t fitting jets to a supposedly wheel-driven racing car sort of cheating?

  8. RS says: October 28, 20116:08 pm

    The plasma display was spot on… but realizing the “control electronics” in 1957 electronics technology was beyond the realistic capabilities of the day.

    Like Hedy Lamarr’s direct sequence frequency hopping spread spectrum invention. Just too tough for tubes.

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