Abraham Lincoln is one of the best-known U.S. Presidents; few realize, however, that he is the only President to have been issued a U.S. Patent. While traveling home between sessions of Congress in 1848, he observed boatmen float a flatboat off a sandbar. Lincoln, based on his observations, invented deployable pontoons to buoy vessels over hazards. On May 22, 1849, Lincoln was granted U.S. Patent No. 6,469 for his invention.
Aluminum powder and plastic beads?
In the late 1950's a man named Arthur Grandjean invented a device in his garage he called "L'Ecran Magique", receiving U.S. Patent No. 3,055,113. It was a plastic case that housed aluminum powder and plastic beads. In 1960, the Ohio Art Company purchased the rights to this famous invention and renamed it Etch A Sketch®
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to. . . invent?
A gift, from the people of France to the United States in honor of its centennial, "Liberty enlightening the world", a colossal statue inspired by the ancient Roman goddess Libertas better known as "the Statue of Liberty", has become an icon emblematic of its recipient. On February 18, 1879 Fredric Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the new colossus, received U.S. Design Patent No. 11,023.
A chilling discovery:
On a historic cold night in 1905, eleven-year old Frank Epperson left a mixture of flavored soda water outdoors overnight with a stirring stick left in the container. The temperature dropped, freezing the mixture that young Frank promptly named Epperson Icicles. Eighteen years later, Epperson began producing his frozen treats and in 1924, received a patent for his invention of the Popsicle.
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