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SEE PHOTO----- COMPLETE bound volume containing 13 consecutive issues of an ORIGINAL weekly NEWSPAPER, the US Patent Gazette (Washington, DC) dated from Oct 1 through December 31, 1895.
This is a complete bound volume of the US Patent Gazette and has the 13 issues tightly bound in between hard binding cloth covers. All of the weekly newspapers between the dates above are present. There are almost 2,200 pages total in this volume. It is 5" thick and very heavy (weighng 17 pounds).
The most important invention that I could find in this HEAVY BOUND VOLUME (17 pounds) is patent number 549,160 - the INVENTION of the 1st US gasoline powered AUTOMOBILE (here called a road engine) with the patent granted to GEORGE SELDEN of Rochester, NY. This patent recording has the engraving of the ROAD ENGINE and the explanation of how it works and what it does.
This is the FIRST PUBLIC announcement of the 1st US GAS POWERED AUTOMOBILE by George Selden and represents the BIRTH of the US AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY !!!
This complete volume should be of great interest to a serious collector of early automobile memorabilia (you can't get any earlier than THIS for a US auto patent !!!).
George B. Selden (September 14, 1846 in Clarkson, New York – January 17, 1922 in Rochester, New York) was a patent lawyer and inventor who was granted a U.S. patent for an automobile in 1895.
The idea of a horseless carriage was in the air during George's youth, but its practicality was uncertain. In 1859, his father, Judge Henry R. Selden, a prominent Republican attorney most noted for defending Susan B. Anthony, moved to Rochester, New York, where George briefly attended the University of Rochester before dropping out to enlist in the Sixth U.S. Cavalry, Union Army. This was not to the liking of his father who after pulling some strings and having some earnest discussions with his son managed to have him released from duty and enrolled in Yale. George did not do well at Yale in his law studies, preferring the technical studies offered by the Sheffield Scientific School, but did manage to finish his course of study and pass the New York bar 1871 and joined his father's practice.
He married shortly thereafter to Clara Drake Woodruff, by whom he had 4 children. He continued his hobby of inventing in a workshop in his father's basement, inventing a typewriter and a hoop making machine.
Inspired by the mammoth internal combustion engine invented by George Brayton displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, Selden began working on a smaller lighter version, succeeding by 1878, some eight years before the public introduction of the Benz Patent Motorwagen in Europe, in producing a one-cylinder, 400-pound version which featured an enclosed crankshaft with the help of Rochester machinist Frank H. Clement and his assistant William Gomm. He filed for a patent on May 8, 1879 (in an interesting historical cross of people, the witness Selden chose was a local bank-teller, George Eastman, later to become famous for the Kodak camera). His application included not only the engine but its use in a 4 wheeled car. He then filed a series of amendments to his application which stretched out the legal process resulting in a delay of 16 years before the patent US 549160 pdf was granted on November 5, 1895.
Shortly thereafter the fledgling American auto industry began its first efforts and George Selden, despite never having gone into production with a working model of an automobile, had a credible claim to have patented an automobile in 1895. In 1899 he sold his patent rights to William C. Whitney, who proposed manufacturing electric-powered taxicabs as the Electric Vehicle Company, EVC, for a royalty of $15 per car with a minimum annual payment of $5,000. Whitney and Selden then worked together to collect royalties from other budding automobile manufacturers. He was initially successful, negotiating a 0.75% royalty on all cars sold by the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers. He began his own car company in Rochester under the name Selden Motor Vehicle Company.
There are many other famous inventors and inventions in this volume but I do not have the time nort the inclination to search through it page by page. I will leave that up to the new owner of this volume to do, and he or she will have the FUN of DISCOVERING gems throughout this volume !!
This is a real TIME MACHINE that takes the reader back 117 years !! Great gift for a collector of early inventions, interested in the FIRST REPORT of these important inventions from the "golden age of invention" in the US.
There are literally THOUSANDS of pages of text and drawings with the FIRST PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT of some of the most important inventions from the GOLDEN ERA of INVENTION in the US- Edison, Bell, Tesla, Eastman, etc !!
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