Notes of the world’s inventions

  • A new invention in cash registers, or tills, was shown at London’s fourth annual business and advertising exhibition by a Halifax, Yorkshire firm. It prints the amount of purchase on a receipt and also on a detail strip; a total adding mechanism, which automatically adds sales, as made, into one final total; issues a receipt dated and numbered; consecutively numbers the detail strip; separate cash draws provided for each assistant and separate sales record strips; one assistant cannot use the drawer of another without detection. Stock machines are made with two, three, four and six drawers, but can be built for any number.
  • A machine has been invented for printing, developing and fixing post card photographs at a high rate of speed.
  • A Texas woman has patented a simple but effective lifter with which hot pans can be handled without danger of burning the users’s fingers.
  • As a bottle opener, a New Jersey man has patented a knife with a semicircular recess in the handle near the end which holds the point of the blades.
  • A rubber roller has been inserted in a cigarette paper holder by a French inventor to push on a single sheet at a time.
  • To facilitate the handling of change, a Washington man has patented a tray, hinged in the center, to enable it to tilt either way, so that coins will slide from it.
  • To enable a horse to get all the feed there is in a nose bag that has been patented a bag with springs in the head strap to lift it gradually as the contents are exhausted.
  • For felling trees with as little waste as possible, a German inventor has devised a machine which cuts through their trunks by the friction of a steel wire, driven at high speed by an electric motor.
  • Providing a cork jacket which keeps its wearer upright in the water with a propeller driven by two cranks, a New Yorker has invented a device which is a variation from most styles of swimming machines.
  • To a Kansasan has been granted a patent for a shade provided with steel fingers to grasp an incandesant lamp globe in any desired position.
  • To blow away the dust from the path of a saw, a Californian has invented a rubber bulb, to be fastened to a saw handle and operated by the thumb to direct a blast of air through a tube.
  • A machine designed to prevent the alteration of checks or the fogging of signatures to negotiable paper has been patented by a convict in a California prison.
  • Resembling similar appliances on street cars is an automatic fender patented by a German to pick up a person who may be struck.
  • In a new electrical horse clipper, the motor is placed in the handle of the tool itself, doing away with much cumbersome machinery and permitting current to be taken from a light socket through a cord.
  • A netting funnel, to be set in to a window screen, so that it will point outward, has been invented to attract flies out of a room without permitting them to enter.
  • A machine to remove paper from a wall rapidly by steaming it is a recent invention.
  • To hold a pencil on a writing desk when it is not in use, there has been devised a simple magnet with a steel cap, to be placed on the end of the pencil.
  • Metal gates, folding into small space when not in use, have been patened by two Connecticut men to keep children from falling out of bed.
  • An adjustable back and ends are features of a combination bed, settee and hammock which an Ohio man has invented for use either in or out of doors.
  • The Ohio inventor of a new aluminum roasting pan for meats equips it with a perforated plate to keep its contents out of the water produced by the steam of cooking.
  • An electric potato peeler for hotels and restaurants revolves a container with a roughened lining, which grinds off the skins as the potatoes are driven against it by centrifugal force.
  • With a view to horses’ comfort, a Philadelphian has invented a check rein operating from the sides of the head instead of the top.
  • Hardened steel dies are produced by electrolytic etching in a recently patented process.

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Source publication: The Seattle Republican (Seattle, Wash.)

Source publication date: March 17, 1911

Filed under: 1910s, Discoveries & inventions, Newspapers

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