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PATENTS – Nutty or Novel? (May, 1929)

PATENTS – Nutty or Novel?

The dusty records of the United States Patent Office hold a good deal of unsuspected humor in their pages. Several choice examples culled from pages of the Patent Gazette are presented on this page.


WHEN an 1860 model sheik went into a drugstore after a shot of sarsaparilla, he leaned nonchalantly on the soda fountain and flirted outrageously with the flapper who took his order. The above drawing, taken from patent office records, came from the pen of a Civil War inventor who had “certain new and useful improvements” in soda fountain design on which he wanted a patent.

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel (Dec, 1929)

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel

Maybe you don’t believe that the inventors of the devices shown on these pages went to the trouble of securing patents on them, but they did, every one of them.

Hurricane Cable Anchors Houses to Ground to Resist Storms.

WHAT couldn’t have been done for the leaning tower of Pisa with the anchoring cable shown in the drawing above! Too bad the idea was patented about 400 years too late to do the leaning tower any good— and in the meantime it went right on leaning and got itself famous, being the originator of that now famous stunt.

PATENTS ~ Nutty or Novel? (Aug, 1929)

Let’s see:

  • Monowheels have actually gotten a bit popular in the last few years.
  • This company sells marine salvage airbags.
  • I don’t think many people encase their loved ones’ corpses in glass, but I did go to this exhibit which was pretty amazing.
  • Poison bottles seem to have a long history.
  • And forget about pictures, we have actual glow in the dark cats now.

    PATENTS ~ Nutty or Novel?

    Believe it or not, every device illustrated on these pages has been granted a patent by the government. Nutty or Novel — which?

    Air-Filled Balloons Salvage Sunken Ships

    SEEKERS after sunken Spanish galleons loaded with pieces of eight will have to equip themselves with balloons in addition to horse pistols, cutlasses, and other piratical impedimenta if they are to be strictly up-to-date in the matter of ship salvaging.

PATENTS Nutty or Novel? (Jul, 1929)

There is definitely a joke about mustache rides in here somewhere.

PATENTS Nutty or Novel?

These Extraordinary devices hare all been granted patents by the U. S. Government

One-wheeled Sulky Would Make a Horse Laugh

THIS invention of a one-wheeled racing sulky even made the horse laugh; he doesn’t seem to realize that the joke is on him. What with keeping his balance and trying to steer the horse and dodging out of the way of the revolving contraption above his head, the gentlemanly jockey preserves his poise in a manner to warm the heart of Emily Post. With the addition of a garland of hibiscus and jonquils to the rim of

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel? (Jan, 1929)

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel?

HERE are a few more recently patented “dream kites” which the inventors who planned them hope will soar to dizzy heights of fame and fortune. Just how useful they will prove to be only time can tell.

Which Are They—Nutty or Novel?

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel? (Feb, 1929)

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel?

BELIEVE it or not, the United States Government has issued letters patent on the extraordinary devices pictured on this page. The average owner of a patent is lucky if he breaks even on expenses. Out of some two million patents granted in this country, the number which never make a cent for their inventors reaches staggering proportions.

Patents Nutty or Novel? (Nov, 1929)

Patents Nutty or Novel?

Almost all of the 40,000 inventions patented each year by Uncle Sam are workable devices—but as to being practical, that’s something else again. The inventions pictured on these pages, all of them taken from patent office records, are somewhat funnier but no less impractical than a large number of devices which their inventors see fit to protect with a patent. Read ’em and weep!