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New & Timely – Cheap Music, Gernsback and Microprocessor Patent (Dec, 1974)

I’m sure the RIAA might have had a bit of an issue with telling people it’s ok to tape albums and then return them, but I do love the idea of a non-profit record store with the goal of providing cheap music to the masses. File this under “things that work way better on the internet”.

The patent on the bottom of the first page is, I think, probably referring to Jack Kilby’s original patent for the manufacture of microprocessors, making it essentially the foundational patent of the modern computer industry.

I also think it’s kind of funny that they mention that Hugo Gernsback was inducted into the NEDSA hall of fame, just before going on to list who the winners of the 1974 Gernsback Scholarship for home-study electronics were. Incidentally there is another, slightly more prominent, set of awards named in his honor. The Hugo Awards.

new & timely

Low-priced music for the masses supplied by “anti-profit” shop.

Because they “didn’t want to see a society without music,” four Washington women have opened what they call “an anti-profit enterprise” to sell phonograph records at phenomenally low prices, reports the Washington Post/Potomac.

Named “Bread and Roses” after a line in an old worker’s song, the new establishment markets records of African music, blues, folk and rock at about a 9 per cent markup.

What Invention Have You Patented? (Mar, 1932)

What Invention Have You Patented?

by Frank Personette

WHAT is your patented invention, or aren’t you one of the 25,000 hopeful inventors who are now trying to cash in on the 32,000 inventions which have recently been granted patents in the United States?

Imagine 32,000 inventions, all of them patented, and all looking around, like a gold digger, for somebody to finance them. They range from hair curlers to flying machines, from mouse traps to combine threshers, from a pair of iceman’s tongs to, of all things, perpetual motion.

The Patent Office Has Become A National Disgrace (Jun, 1930)

Not much better now.

The Patent Office Has Become A National Disgrace


THE Patent Office, in Washington, D. C, recently sent to a workman in a chemical factory in the Middle West a $100,000 piece of paper that wasn’t worth a cent.

It represented a patent on a machine he had invented two years before. Factory officials, at the time the application was made, estimated that the invention would be worth $100,000 to them as soon as a patent was obtained. The workman visioned himself on Easy Street. But he reckoned without delays at the Patent Office.

Newest Recent Inventions Interesting From the Scientific and Mechanical Viewpoint (Feb, 1935)

Newest Recent Inventions Interesting From the Scientific and Mechanical Viewpoint

• EACH month, about five thousand patents are issued from the patent office at Washington, exclusive of trademarks, but including design patents. Of these, the largest proportion are intended for purely technical applications and as improvements on machinery previously in use, and are therefore of limited interest. On the other hand, many are novel in their utilization of known principles; and it is our endeavor to present here those of interest to any mechanically-inclined reader, whether or not they can be used by the public.