Saturday, June 22, 2013

Urge to Invent Something

From December 5, 2013

I am not an inventor, but I have always had many strange ideas.
When I was a child, my pretend inventions were made from empty toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes and paperclips. They were total imaginary solutions to life's complexities.
I once received an erector set and played with it for about 3 minutes. I gave up as I could not seem to master lefty-loosey, righty-tighty.
So I was floored to learn that I am genetically, blood-related to an actual inventor, my maternal great grandfather.
The family legend goes that this man broke free of the shackles of the Irish potato farms and Pennsylvania coal mines and went to school!
He arose from the primordial sludge that was his ancestry to become an engineer and inventor.
While cleaning out my grandmother's attic, years' ago, I came across a bucket full of one of his creations. I always heard he held patents so this week I decided to go on a search and was surprised to find how easy it was to search the US Patent Office.
I became curious about other inventions and soon was searching for Alexander G. Bell, Thomas A. Edison and the guys who invented the Slinky and the Monopoly game.
Another very nice feature is that you can print a copy of these drawings for yourself or frame it for a child's room, den or give one as a cheap gift.

Here is a link from that provides details. You can also go to Google and enter "patent" in the search and you can find just about anything you ask.

Happy searching.

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