Suit up with this vintage football gear, just in time for Superbowl Sunday!
File under: Undertaking, Coffins, Life Signals.
In case Eisenbrandt’s spring-loaded coffin wasn’t creepy enough, on December 5, 1882 J. G. Krichbaum patented his device for indicating life in buried persons. We’re curious if this was ever successfully employed?
Patent Drawing for J. G. Krichbaum’s Device for Indicating Life in Buried Persons, 12/05/1882
"Life-Preserving Coffin, In Doubtful Cases of Actual Death"
Drawing for a Life-Preserving Coffin, 11/15/1843
The fear of being buried alive led Christian Henry Eisenbrandt to patent a “life-preserving coffin in doubtful cases of actual death.” In his application, he claimed that through a series of springs and levers, even the slightest motion of the head or hand would instantaneously open the coffin lid.
(Also fun at parties)
Lifeboat for One
John Macintosh submitted an application for his invention of a new and improved lifeboat in 1837. In his patent application, he claimed that, “this life-boat may be used for the saving of persons and property, for the conveyance of troops, baggage, and other articles across rivers…and for various other useful purposes.”
Drawing of a Life Boat, 11/11/1837
Patent Drawing for G. L. Witsil’s Sandwiched Bread, 10/11/1881
"As a new article of manufacture, sandwiched bread or bread containing pieces of meat which have been distributed in a raw condition throughout the dough of which the bread is composed and have been cooked at the same time therewith, substantially as hereinbefore set forth."
Tired of having to build those complicated sandwiches with their messy fillings? Or did you ever want the fruitcake experience, but with meat?
Drawing for a Submarine Boat, 09/09/1902
Inventor John P. Holland submitted this drawing of a submarine boat to the United States Patent Office in support of his application for a patent. Holland also designed the U.S. Navy’s first commissioned submarine, the eponymous USS Holland
Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, Gravity-defier, Performer & Patent Holder
Pop singer Michael Jackson was born on August 29 in 1958. Jackson was not only a performer but also a patent holder. Jackson was granted patent 5,255,452 for a “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.” That’s right—his famous leaning move in “Smooth Criminal” was made possible by a device he created to insert in his shoe. You can read the full story and see more drawings from his patent application here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=2574