Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Tuesday Triumph: An Improvement in Casters

Continuing our Tuesday Triumph series I have another new old invention to share. Each Tuesday… at least for a while… I’m presenting an invention from the early 1900’s that I have pulled from old World’s Advance magazines. This was the publication that bought out and is now Popular Science. Inventions remind us to stay clever and innovative. These inventions were becoming popular alongside many events that still affect us today. Put yourself back to the time of World War I, and the sinking of the Titanic. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was published, and the first pop-up bread toaster was invented. It was a time before zippers and right at the start of the movie industry. I think the innovative creativity can still inspire us today, so please enjoy this Tuesday’s Triumph: An Improvement in Casters as published by the New York Modern Pub. Co. in Vol. 31 of the World’s Advance (1915).

An Improvement in CastersInnovative Caster

“An inventor of West Virginia, has recently been granted patent rights on a simple yet handy type of caster. As may be seen in the accompanying sketch, this caster differs from the conventional ones in that the wheel is not permanently held in one position, but instead may be shifted by means of the slot in which its axle is held. This construction permits the wheel to be raised and the casing member to come in contact with the floor. The advantage of a caster of this kind is immediately apparent; the piece of furniture may be moved about with ease and when it is desired to leave it in one place, the caster may be adjusted so that the furniture stands on rigid feet.”


This is acctually pretty innovative- it would prevent having to buy and align those funiture stoppers or cups that you have to use now to get the caster off of the floor. I wonder if this was ever sold successfully or not. Curious...

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