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The safety pin is invented...

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April 21, 1849

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, April 21, 1849 

* Walter Hunt invention
* Safety pin - patent no. 6,281

It's alway fun to find the origin of things which have become ubiquitous in every day life, such as the safety pin. This issue of the revered scientific journal note under: "List of Patents Issued from the United States Patent Office" an entry which was for the creation of what we now know as the safety pin: "To W. Hunt of New York City, for improvement in Dress Pins. Patented April 10, 1849." (see)
Within the short period of three hours, he conceived the idea, made a model, and sold his patent rights for $100.
Eight pages, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War