Shared Photo: Item 2 George Washington Shotwell patent of spring mattress

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My 3x GGF patented the Spring Bed Bottom!!! (I'm guessing the box spring?!) Sorry if I'm submitting this the wrong way.

I wanted to share this family photo of George Shotwell with the community. Location: unknown. Date: unknown.
Click here for the image details page or here for the full-sized version (1536 x 2048).

WikiTree profile: George Shotwell
in The Tree House by Summer Orman G2G6 Mach 9 (95.6k points)
retagged by Summer Orman
Awesome... thanks for sharing!

This comes from  Both the image and the cover page are available there.  Application filed on 11 April 1882 and patented 13 June 1882.

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Excellent presentation using a pdf image to add impact on the patent topic.

I am working on a family ancestral line that has some rich stories of the earliest days of industrial revolution. Found some very inventive people. This is in England. They did breakthru things for decades, Here is the twist. This was a time of rapid concept evolution.  On one of the most sought after mechanical inventions, a cousin had the first demonstration of mechanized cotton thread making.....then got spanked when he missed out on the patent filing, no grasp of the legal process. Others were wiser.

Another had built the first iron framework bridge in the world. Just never considered it for a patent.So they must deserve the badge of inventors, but they were broke inventors. no patents. that is a neat subcategory.

Edit: I did forget something about this 2nd individual. He did get credit for inventing spring scales. Did sell that. This application initially was of great value because someone could get the horse or ox drawn carts pulled on top of this scale and determine exactly what weight was in the cart or wagon.
by Marty Ormond G2G6 Mach 5 (57.4k points)
edited by Marty Ormond
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your candid input about George Shotwell patent and inventors, shocked some of my dusty brain cells to get the wheels turning on inventors and inventions.

So I mentioned this post today, in my own post asking, Who knows about the Lunar Society.

I think I must have been there in a prior life.

Who else has uncovered an inventor, and what was the impact?
by Marty Ormond G2G6 Mach 5 (57.4k points)

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