This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Finally! A Match Between the Patent and An Old Toy
Monday, November 26, 2012 Cold, Clear, & Sunny Block # 2 of the Day
A Match Between the Patent and an Old Toy
When I find something of interest such as information, I need to dig and dig,till I find what I want. And so it was with trying to match up a patent of an old toy and the old toy itself. For myself, the U.S. Patent Office is a very complicated place to move around.However, today, I was digging some more, and got a bit closer.
When you consider just how many things are patented, then you better understand just what the Patent Office is so complex. Every item has to be classified,and then sub-classified. I thought that
Carl Linneus and his Systema Naturae which came out in 1735 was complex. What Linneus did was to create a hierarchal structure that sorted out all plant (flora) and animals (Fauna). The system was based on common and diverse characteristics of everything living that allowed for every unique living entity to be classified.
Returning to the topic of toys, the U.S. Patent Office devised a system to be able to similarly classify all inventions (patents). I haven't figured out how to find a specific toy, but I now understand the Patent Office website better.
And the system goes on and on with a myriad of classes, subclasses, sub-sub-classes and so forth.
Now I can better understand the reasoning behind the complex system at the U.S. Patent Office.
You also have to understand that every unique invention and part of an invention has to be patented. When I was teaching pro photography, I would try and show students why photographing a product had to be so carefully thought out. When the Gillette razor company first came out with their triple blade, I went to the U.S. Patent Office site, and downloaded the patent. The download must have been 10-15 pages long! At the time (early 1980's or earlier), the cost to produce the
3-bladed razor was close to $ 400,000,000.00 - a huge amount of money anytime,even for that time.
And There is the Patent for a Wyandotte
by Arnold J. Decker
I can't download the images and writing in the normal manner,
because they won't open on my computer.
On the U.S. Patent Office site, they recommended a few suggestions to resolve the issue.
I tried one and it works.
I open all of my U.S> Patent Office downloads through my screencapture and scrolling capture program called "SnagIt".
Every Patent has several parts to it.
One part is the diagrams, and the other is the writtencomponent.
Here is part oof the written component.
Once I finally had arecognizable toy, I could now search among my sources.
I've seen this Wyandotte car many times, so it's not so unique.
I decide to do a search on Live Auctioneers / Morphy Auctions /Wyandotte Car
I found the lot number and the date of the auction on Live Auctioneers.
I then went to Dan Morphy's website with the AUction Date and the Lot Number.
And here is the car!
This one has small lightbulbs for headlights, so it's a variation of the original patent.
At the patent office, I'm not even close to matching the patent to the toy.
Of course, there's always another day.......
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have a great part of the day, wherever you may be.