Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Tuesday Triumph: A Convenient Screwdriver

Continuing our Tuesday Triumph series I have another new old invention to share. Each Tuesday… at least we have for a while now- presented an early 1900's invention pulled from patent applications that were shared in old World’s Advance magazines (later became Popular Science).

Inventions remind us to stay clever and innovative. I recently finished a few Sherlock Holmes novels and I imagine those early 1900's times as being full of opportunity for the next inventor. Perhaps in our old age we will look back on this time as being full of possibilities as well. I think the innovative creativity can still inspire us today, so please enjoy this Tuesday’s Triumph: Device for Preventing Loss of Tools as published by the New York Modern Pub. Co. in Vol. 31 of the World’s Advance (1915).

Device for Preventing Loss of Tools

“An ingenious although very simple device for preventing tools from dropping out of pockets has been invented by a Minnesota native. It consists of a metal strip bent back upon itself so as to form two members, one of which is placed outside and the other inside a pocket. As will be seen in the sketch, the inner one is curved inward so as to hold any tool that may be placed in the pocket. To remove the tool, it is only necessary to push the upper part inward so as to move the inner member out of the way.”


No way!! The world's first pocket protector- except it was first marketed to prevent tools from falling out of the pocket. Ingenious! Any extremely complicated sounding. Hurumph.

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