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James Lithgow Ewin Patents

Creator:
Ewin, James Lithgow (inventor)  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Articles
Correspondence
Newsletters
Notes
Patents
Press releases
Date:
1873, 1874, 1879.
Scope and Contents note:
This collection includes an English patent paper #2126 for improved vulcanizable water-proof gum, 1873, to Benjamin Joseph Barnard Mills; a U.S. patent paper #151,109 for improvement in the art of manufacturing horseshoes, 1874; and an English patent paper #1194 for improvement in street-lighting apparatus.
Provenance:
Collection donated by James Lithgow Ewin, March 13, 1894.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Vulcanization  Search this
Street-lighting apparatus  Search this
Rhythm and blues music  Search this
African American music -- 20th century  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Blues musicians  Search this
Horseshoeing  Search this
Inventions -- 1870-1880  Search this
Inventors -- 1870-1880  Search this
Popular music -- Publishing and writing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles -- 1950-2000
Correspondence -- 1970-2000
Newsletters -- 20th century
Notes
Patents -- 1870-1880
Press releases
Citation:
James Lithgow Ewin Patents, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0051
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0051

Alexander Melville Clark Patent

Creator:
Dodge, W.C.  Search this
Clark, Alexander Melville  Search this
Source:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Former owner:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1877
Summary:
A British patent issued to Alexander Melville Clark for an improved process for preventing the accumulation of carbon in retorts used for the distillation of carbureted hydrogen. There is a wax seal attached to the end of the patent.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is the British patent issued to Alexander Melville Clark by the English government in 1877 for inventing an improved process for preventing the accumulation of carbon in retorts used for the distillation of carbureted hydrogen.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexander Melville Clark was an inventor, patent agent, and author. Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries he applied for patents for improvements for thimbles, umbrellas and sunshades, typewriting machines, candle cases, machines for trimming and finishing boots and shoes, knitting machines, hot wire voltmeters, combination locks, and door fasteners. In 1884, Clark wrote Analytical Summaries of the Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks' Act, 1883, and of the Patent Laws of All Foreign Countries and British Colonies.
Provenance:
Donated by W.C. Dodge in 1891 to the United States National Museum.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Patents  Search this
Inventions -- 1870-1880  Search this
Inventors -- 1870-1880  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
Hydrogen  Search this
Distillation -- Hydrogen  Search this
Citation:
Alexander Melville Clark Patent, 1877, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1017
See more items in:
Alexander Melville Clark Patent
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1017

Rotary Measure, U.S. Patent Office Model

Patentee:
Davis, Jr., Daniel  Search this
Wright, Edward  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 cm x 9.4 cm x 5.4 cm; 13/32 in x 3 11/16 in x 2 1/8 in
Object Name:
counter, analog
counter
Place patented:
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Date made:
1876
Date patented:
1876-09-12
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
ID Number:
MA.308942
Catalog number:
308942
Accession number:
89797
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Counters
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_690542
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Patent Model for an Adder with Carry by Alonzo Johnson

Patentee:
Johnson, Alonzo  Search this
Maker:
Johnson, Alonzo  Search this
Physical Description:
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 16.5 cm x 18.5 cm x 18.5 cm; 6 1/2 in x 7 9/32 in x 7 9/32 in
Object Name:
adder with carry
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
Place patented:
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
Date made:
1868
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
ID Number:
MA.252695
Accession number:
49064
Catalog number:
252695
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Adder
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_690837
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Negative Log Book Number 20, (90-1 to 91-22194)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1990
1990-1991
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB20]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367118
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Kidder Water gas process notebook, (lists patents)

Collection Source:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bay State Gas Company.  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1870-1880
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Collection Citation:
Coal and Gas Transit Investigation Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Coal and Gas Trust Investigation Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1049-ref63

[Trade catalogs from Blanton Patents Syndicate, Inc.]

Company Name:
Blanton Patents Syndicate, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Rotary machine fastenings.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
London, United Kingdom
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Topic:
Machine-tools  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_7973
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_7973

Frieze

Manufacturer:
Frederick Beck & Co., 1860  Search this
Medium:
embossed paper
Type:
Wallcoverings
Frieze
Place:
USA
Date:
ca. 1877–78
Credit Line:
Gift of Salem Art Association
Accession Number:
1972-21-2
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Wallcoverings Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1972-21-2

"Smoke Up & Up Fumar Cigars"

Manufacturer:
Huntley, Boorne, & Stevens  Search this
Medium:
Plated tin, printed gilded
Type:
containers
Decorative Arts
Matchsafe
Object Name:
Matchsafe
Manufactured in:
England
Date:
1870–80
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener
Accession Number:
1980-14-584
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1980-14-584

Charles Richardson Pratt Papers

Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Creator:
Pratt, Charles Richardson, 1860-1935  Search this
Names:
Sprague, Frank J.  Search this
Extent:
6 Cubic feet (13 boxes, 8 oversize folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Drawings
Trade catalogs
Photographs
Notebooks
Letterpress books
Patents
Place:
Montclair (N.J.)
Date:
1860-1935
bulk 1910-1924
Summary:
The papers document the professional career of mechanical engineer, Charles Richardson Pratt. The papers include correspondence, patents, patent application materials, agreements, photographs, publications, and blueprints for many of Pratt's inventions, especially his work on elevators.
Scope and Contents:
These papers contain personal materials of Charles R. Pratt; letterpress copybooks; engineering notebooks; diaries; material relating to the development of the heavy-duty, high-rise electric elevator; material concerning elevator cable equalizers and safety devices, Morton-Jacobsen and other lathe chucks, lathe drives and the Pratt Driver, the hydraulic transmission of power in trucks, and ship steering gear; and studies reports, drawings, photographs, catalogs, and trade literature concerning mechanical engineering.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Personal Materials, 1875-1935

Series 2: Diaries, 1894, 1928-1931

Series 3: Correspondence, 1872-1920

Series 4: Notebooks, 1880, 1889, 1900

Series 5: Inventions, 1860-1927

Series 6: Photographs, 1890-1902

Series 7: Publications, 1895-1929

Series 8: Drawings, 1878-1929
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Richardson Pratt (1860-1935), was born in Massachusetts to John C. and Mary Anne Richardson. He graduated from the Hopkins School of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1879. Pratt worked at Whittier Machine Company of Boston (1882-1890) where he designed and built the first electric elevator in 1888. The elevator was installed in the Tremont House, Boston. Pratt also worked as an agent and later as a consulting engineer for the Otis Elevator Company, the inventors of the hydraulic elevator.

Pratt was best known for his development of the first electrically powered elevator. In 1892, inventor Frank Sprague (1857-1934) founded the Sprague Electric Elevator Company, and with Charles R. Pratt developed the Sprague-Pratt Electric Elevator. They demonstrated that electrically powered elevators were capable of competing with hydraulic elevators. Pratt held several engineering positions and worked for the Marine Engine Company of Newark, New Jersey (1902-1905) developing elevator systems; consulting engineer to the Universal Speed Control Company of New York City (1906-1919); consultant to the American Engineering Company of Philadelphia (1912); mechanical superintendent at the Crocker Wheel Company of Ampere, New Jersey (1919); engineer for the E. Horton and Sons Company of Connecticut (1920-1923); the General Tractors Corporation (1924-1927); and was associated with the Watson Elevator Company of New York City (1928-1930). Pratt patented many of his ideas, earning over thirty-five patents related mostly to elevators,

Pratt was a member of the Masons, the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the MIT Club of New Jersey, and the Motor Club of London. He married Mary Byron Ladd and they had two children, Gertrude Ladd Pratt and Donald Richardson Pratt.
Provenance:
This collection was purchased from Charles R. Pratt's daughter, Gertrude Pratt Vance, in 1973.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Mechanical engineering and engineers  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Elevators  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Patents -- 1890-1900  Search this
Power transmission  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Drawings
Trade catalogs
Photographs -- 19th century
Notebooks
Letterpress books
Patents -- 1870-1880
Citation:
Charles Richardson Pratt Papers, 1860-1935, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0958
See more items in:
Charles Richardson Pratt Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0958
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Improved Calculator by Conkey And Loomis

Maker:
Conkey & Loomis  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
brass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 4.3 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm; 1 11/16 in x 7 3/32 in x 7 3/32 in
Object Name:
adder with carry
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
Date made:
1868
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
ID Number:
1990.0318.01
Accession number:
1990.0318
Catalog number:
1990.0318.01
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Adder
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_690273
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[Trade catalogs from Stephens' Patent Vise Co.]

Company Name:
Stephens' Patent Vise Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Stephens' Patent Parallel Jewelers' Vise or Toggle-Joint Vise
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Topic:
Hardware  Search this
Tools  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_36220
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_36220

[Trade catalogs from Harrison Patent Car Axle Co.]

Company Name:
Harrison Patent Car Axle Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Car axles.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Automobiles and automotive equipment (including trucks and buses)  Search this
Topic:
Automobiles  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_19376
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_19376

[Trade catalogs from Howard Patent Metallic Brush Co.]

Company Name:
Howard Patent Metallic Brush Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Power punching press; embossing press; foot press; irregular moulder.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Topic:
Machine-tools  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_20005
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_20005

[Trade catalogs from Kingsley Patent Boiler Co.]

Company Name:
Kingsley Patent Boiler Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Boiler.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Business services (advertising; marketing; organizational management; etc.)  Search this
Furnaces and boilers  Search this
Topic:
Boilers  Search this
Furnaces  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_23827
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_23827

[Trade catalogs from Pacific Patent Agency]

Company Name:
Pacific Patent Agency  Search this
Notes content:
Sanborn's New Chain Pulley ; hoisting chain pulley
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
San Francisco, California, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Materials handling equipment (includes barrels; bottling and filling; casters; chains; etc.)  Search this
Topic:
Barrels  Search this
Bottling  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_43212
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_43212

[Trade catalogs from Brooks Patent Paraffin Insulator]

Company Name:
Brooks Patent Paraffin Insulator  Search this
Notes content:
Insulators for telegraph machines to prevent electricity leakage.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Telephone; telegraph and telecommunications equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Telecommunication systems  Search this
Telephone  Search this
Telephone supplies industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_8347
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_8347

[Trade catalogs from Burgess Patent Steam Generating Co.]

Company Name:
Burgess Patent Steam Generating Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Oxy-hydro-carbon fuel system.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Business services (advertising; marketing; organizational management; etc.)  Search this
Furnaces and boilers  Search this
Topic:
Boilers  Search this
Furnaces  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_9294
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_9294

[Trade catalogs from Mershon Patent Shaking Grate Works]

Company Name:
Mershon Patent Shaking Grate Works  Search this
Notes content:
"Mershon" patent shaking grates ; heaters ; radiators ; furnaces ; ovens .
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
4 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Appliances (household)  Search this
Furnaces and boilers  Search this
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Fuel (includes oil; petroleum; gas; coal; etc.)  Search this
Topic:
Air conditioning  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Boilers  Search this
Coal  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Fuel  Search this
Furnaces  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_30856
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_30856

[Trade catalogs from Patent Button Co.]

Company Name:
Patent Button Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Porter Bros. & Co., New York ; Patwin Electronics  Search this
Notes content:
Undated late 19th Century catalog of industrial button-attaching machinery.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Waterbury, CN, United States
Date:
1800s
Topic (Romaine term):
Sewing machines and equipment  Search this
Clothing (including hats; shoes; accessories; etc)  Search this
Topic:
Clothing and dress  Search this
Dress accessories  Search this
Hats  Search this
Sewing machines  Search this
Shoes  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_29000
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_29000

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