December 19, 2010

Samuel Clemens's First Patent – 1871

I haven't acknowledged inventions and inventors for a while, so I thought I would mention an invention that received a patent on this day in 1871:

Samuel Clemens received a patent for “An Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments.” These adjustable straps could tighten shirts at the waist or help fit underpants or women's corsets. Clemens's intention was to do away with the need for suspenders, which he himself found uncomfortable.

Does the name Samuel Clemens ring any bells? Perhaps you know him for his other two inventions—a history trivia game, or his most successful invention, a self-pasting scrapbook? Or maybe you know him for his books—under his pen name Mark Twain, Clemens was the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and other books!

Check out Clemens's History Game

For more on Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, see this and that earlier post. 

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