Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Tuesday Triumph: A Tool for Repairing Tires


Continuing our Tuesday Triumph series I have another new old invention to share. Each Tuesday… at least for a while… I’d like to present 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: A Tool for Repairing Tires as published by the New York Modern Pub. Co. in Vol. 31 of the World’s Advance (1915).

A Tool for Repairing TiresTire Repair Tool from 1915

“A Canadian has secured an American patent on a tire repair tool of practical design. As will be noticed in the sketch, the tool resembles a pair of pliers, although the pressing of the handles causes the pointed jaws to move apart instead of vice versa. There is also provided a pointed cutting member. The tool is used for making a hole in a rubber tire and then spreading it apart while the scrap rubber is being inserted for making a patch.”



This is a great example of innovation at work. I'm sure someone saw potential for a tool not available at his local MegaMart and sat down to figure out how to make something that would make his/her job easier or less time consuming. Let's see- what would Dilbert do?

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