#FirstWorldProblems - Polishing safety deposit boxes
On September 8, 1903, Emil A. Strauss was granted a patent for his improvement on the safety deposit box. According to his application, until his invention, the entire safety deposit box had to be removed in order to polish it, which meant the owner had to be present. He states that his invention allows for “boxes with removable fronts, so that they may be polished … without disturbing the renters.”
Happy National Aviation Day!
Orville Wright takes flight with observer Lt. Frank P. Lahm at Ft. Myer Virginia to win the Army’s prize for sustained flight with a passenger in September 1908.
National Aviation Day was proclaimed by President Franklin Roosevelt in honor of pioneering aviator Orville Wright’s birthday (August 19, 1871).
“Make America First in the Air" from the series Moving Images Relating to Military Aviation Activities, 1947 - 1984, from the Records of the U.S. Air Force.
In 1947, two years after the end of World War II, Henri Berger wrote to American Colonel William Bray for help. Mr. Berger’s parents were killed at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1944, and his letter asks if Col. Bray can help locate his parents’ engraved wedding rings. (As you can see from this post, rings confiscated from camp victims were sometimes recovered.)
Letter from Henri Berger to Col. William G. Bray Regarding the Return of his Parents’ Wedding Rings , 09/08/1947