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"Unleashing the Ingenious World of Patents: From Heath Robinson's Automated Dining Room to Eyeglasses for Chickens" Step into a world where imagination knows no bounds

Background imagePatent Collection: Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4

Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Dining-Room. A family at their dining table, which is a typically Heath Robinson design

Background imagePatent Collection: Barlow?s patent double-action Jaquard loom

Barlow?s patent double-action Jaquard loom, 1851. Exhib. Cat Date: 1851

Background imagePatent Collection: Man riding on a steam rocket

Man riding on a steam rocket
The Flight of Intellect. A comic image of a thin man riding on a steam rocket, with his top hat flying off behind him. Portrait of Mr Golightly experimenting on Mess Quick & Speeds new patent high

Background imagePatent Collection: Ratner patent safe, fire and fall resisting, Grade 1

Ratner patent safe, fire and fall resisting, Grade 1, Size MP, with details and measurements. Date: circa 1920s

Background imagePatent Collection: Patent double action grinder for asbestos by Heath Robinson

Patent double action grinder for asbestos by Heath Robinson
A patent double-action grinder for mashing asbestos fibre - a drawing done for Turners Asbestos Cement Co by William Heath Robinson, renowned for his machines and convoluted contraptions. Date: c.1925

Background imagePatent Collection: Fowlers Steam Engine

Fowlers Steam Engine
Fowlers patent engine and windlass for steam-ploughing

Background imagePatent Collection: Heath Robinson - Lancing-Wheel

Heath Robinson - Lancing-Wheel
RECOMMENDED TO THE WAR OFFICE (REPLY AWAITED) Patent Applied For: The New Lancing-Wheel for Teaching Young Lancers to Lance. A typically convoluted contraption created by William Heath Robinson

Background imagePatent Collection: Benz Motor Car of 1888

Benz Motor Car of 1888
The Benz Patent-Motorwagen Number 3 of 1888 - probably the first petrol car brought into England. A three-wheeled vehicle with a horizontal single cylinder motor

Background imagePatent Collection: Threshing Wheat

Threshing Wheat
Men threshing wheat at a farm near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, using a Surrells patent compound steam traction engine (mounted on springs)

Background imagePatent Collection: Promotional jigsaw, Beechams Pills and Powders

Promotional jigsaw, Beechams Pills and Powders. circa 1930s

Background imagePatent Collection: Eyeglasses for chickens patent, 1903 C024 / 3600

Eyeglasses for chickens patent, 1903 C024 / 3600
Eyeglasses for chickens patent, 1903. Artwork of a device designed by Andrew Jackson Jr. to protect the eyes of chickens from aggressive pecking by other chickens

Background imagePatent Collection: Double bicycle patent, 1905 C024 / 3615

Double bicycle patent, 1905 C024 / 3615
Double bicycle patent, 1905. Artwork of a double bicycle patent invented by Karl Lange. It was designed to perform a loop the loop stunts at circus performances

Background imagePatent Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- underside view with covering fabric in place. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imagePatent Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- sectional views of the boiler. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imagePatent Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- enlarged view of the steam engine. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imagePatent Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- enlarged view of the car or carriage. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imagePatent Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- side view of the main frame, and plan of the controlling tail. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883)

Background imagePatent Collection: Arriving home to Supper

Arriving home to Supper
A couple arrive home to find their supper is ready in the Patent Triplex Grate

Background imagePatent Collection: Advert for Oetzmann & Co. Victorian furniture 1890

Advert for Oetzmann & Co. Victorian furniture 1890
Variety of Victorian household items. 1890

Background imagePatent Collection: Advert for Follows & Bates winding machines 1900s

Advert for Follows & Bates winding machines 1900s
Various machines from the late 19th Century early 20th century, advertised in The Ironmonger Diary and Text Book, for Follows & Bates in Manchester. Circa 1900

Background imagePatent Collection: American advertisement for Clark Stanleys Snake Oil Liniment, c1895

American advertisement for Clark Stanleys Snake Oil Liniment, c1895
PATENT MEDICINE AD, c1895. American advertisement for Clark Stanleys Snake Oil Liniment, c1895

Background imagePatent Collection: Deaths Laboratory. American cartoon, 1906, by Edward Windsor Kemble on the dangers of patent

Deaths Laboratory. American cartoon, 1906, by Edward Windsor Kemble on the dangers of patent medicine
PATENT MEDICINE CARTOON. Deaths Laboratory. American cartoon, 1906, by Edward Windsor Kemble on the dangers of patent medicine and advertisers spurious claims to lure customers

Background imagePatent Collection: ELEVATOR, 1862. The Otis Patent Hoisting Engine, first installed in the A. T

ELEVATOR, 1862. The Otis Patent Hoisting Engine, first installed in the A. T
ELEVATOR, 1862. The Otis Patent Hoisting Engine, first installed in the A.T. Stewart Store, later Wanamaker s, in New York City: line engraving, 1862

Background imagePatent Collection: Steam lorry, Llandyssil, Powys, Mid Wales

Steam lorry, Llandyssil, Powys, Mid Wales
A steam lorry (Manns patent steam cart) belonging to Evans & Jones, haulage contractors, laden with goods which have just been loaded from a train at Llandysul (or Llandyssil)

Background imagePatent Collection: Patent drawing for Thomas Crappers sanitary innovation, the Water Waste Preventer, 1880s

Patent drawing for Thomas Crappers sanitary innovation, the Water Waste Preventer, 1880s
WATER WASTE PREVENTER. Patent drawing for Thomas Crappers sanitary innovation, the Water Waste Preventer, 1880s

Background imagePatent Collection: Poster, c1880, for Pratts Healing Ointment

Poster, c1880, for Pratts Healing Ointment
AMERICAN PATENT MEDICINE. Poster, c1880, for Pratts Healing Ointment

Background imagePatent Collection: An Attractive Idea for Gents Wear

An Attractive Idea for Gents Wear
Do you realise that the equinoctial gales will soon be blowing in upon us? If so, do not forget to buy one of the new patent adjustable, magnetic hat guards, for use with any style and size of hat

Background imagePatent Collection: Nettlefolds patent pointed screws

Nettlefolds patent pointed screws, from Verity Electrical Supplies, Aston, Birmingham. 1903

Background imagePatent Collection: Ratner fire-resisting safes and wall safes

Ratner fire-resisting safes and wall safes
Ratner light fire-resisting safes, and wall safes, with details and measurements. Date: circa 1920s

Background imagePatent Collection: Advert, Royles Patent Self-Pouring Teapots

Advert, Royles Patent Self-Pouring Teapots
Advertisement for Royles Patent Self-Pouring Teapots, October 1888. 1888

Background imagePatent Collection: Cork swimming suit patent, 1882 C024 / 3602

Cork swimming suit patent, 1882 C024 / 3602
Cork swimming suit patent, 1882. Artwork of a device designed by Paschal Plant. This clothing item consisted of mesh or netted fabric with cork applied to the surface

Background imagePatent Collection: Caricature of John Corlett of The Sporting Times

Caricature of John Corlett of The Sporting Times
Caricature of John Corlett (1841-1915), founder, proprietor and editor of The Sporting Times. Real Jam! He is annoyed that the cabman charges eighteen pence to drive someone one mile and 1700 yards

Background imagePatent Collection: Diving apparatus patent, 1880 C024 / 3604

Diving apparatus patent, 1880 C024 / 3604
Diving apparatus patent, 1880. Artwork of a metal diving suit designed by Stephen M. Tasker. It was designed to withstand the pressure of diving in water while articulated joints allowed the wearer

Background imagePatent Collection: Fire-escape patent, 1879 C024 / 3605

Fire-escape patent, 1879 C024 / 3605
Fire-escape patent, 1879. Artwork of a fire escape device designed by Benjamin Oppenheimer. The parachute is attached by harness to the persons head while thick rubber soled shoes were worn to

Background imagePatent Collection: Ladder gripping attachment patent, 1913 C024 / 3612

Ladder gripping attachment patent, 1913 C024 / 3612
Ladder gripping attachment patent, 1913. Artwork showing a device invented by Edmond Dennis that allows two people to climb at opposite ends of a ladder suspended in mid-air.The shoe attachment grips

Background imagePatent Collection: Box Irons Advert / 1888

Box Irons Advert / 1888
BOX IRONS heated internally by patent artificial fuel

Background imagePatent Collection: Advert, Hardys High-Class Tools, Sheffield

Advert, Hardys High-Class Tools, Sheffield Date: 1906

Background imagePatent Collection: Stationery, Spratts Patent Animal Biscuits, London

Stationery, Spratts Patent Animal Biscuits, London
Stationery, Spratts Patent Animal Biscuits, with an engraving of the factory in Henry Street, Tooley Street, London. 1879

Background imagePatent Collection: Ratner patent extra strong safe, fire and fall resisting

Ratner patent extra strong safe, fire and fall resisting, Grade 2, with details and measurements. Date: circa 1920s

Background imagePatent Collection: Ratner patent safe, fire and fall resisting, for registrars

Ratner patent safe, fire and fall resisting, for registrars, Size No. 5, with details and measurements. Date: circa 1920s

Background imagePatent Collection: Advert, William Suggs Patent Gas Burners

Advert, William Suggs Patent Gas Burners
Advert, William Suggs Celebrated Patent Gas Burners, Vincent Works, Vincent Street, Westminster, London. 1880

Background imagePatent Collection: Engraving of Newshams fire engine

Engraving of Newshams fire engine, patented in 1725. Date: 1725

Background imagePatent Collection: Alexander G. Bell, Scottish-US inventor C017 / 7105

Alexander G. Bell, Scottish-US inventor C017 / 7105
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), Scottish-US inventor, using a telephone, his most famous invention. Bell followed his father and grandfather into the speech therapy profession

Background imagePatent Collection: Late 19th century American patent medicine poster for Halls Hair Renewer

Late 19th century American patent medicine poster for Halls Hair Renewer
HAIR RESTORATIVE. Late 19th century American patent medicine poster for Halls Hair Renewer

Background imagePatent Collection: Patent turbo electric generator

Patent turbo electric generator (steam motor and dynamo combined), 1890 Date: 1890

Background imagePatent Collection: Carrs patent disintegrator

Carrs patent disintegrator

Background imagePatent Collection: R. W. Smiths patent truss bridge, Tippecanoe City, Miami Co

R. W. Smiths patent truss bridge, Tippecanoe City, Miami Co
R.W. Smiths patent truss bridge, Tippecanoe City, Miami Co. Ohio. Railroad bridge and another bridge spanning a river. Date ca. 1868

Background imagePatent Collection: Steam Boilers / 1885 Ad

Steam Boilers / 1885 Ad
Advertisement for patent water-tube steam boilers from the Babcock and Wilcox Company of New York and Glasgow



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"Unleashing the Ingenious World of Patents: From Heath Robinson's Automated Dining Room to Eyeglasses for Chickens" Step into a world where imagination knows no bounds, and innovation takes center stage. Explore the fascinating realm of patents, where inventors have brought their wildest dreams to life. In this captivating journey, we encounter the first stop - Heath Robinson's automated dining room without servants. Picture a scene straight out of a whimsical fantasy as tables set themselves, dishes float effortlessly through the air, and cutlery dances in perfect synchronization. Next up is an exhilarating sight - a man riding on a steam rocket. Witness his daring adventure as he defies gravity and soars through the sky with sheer audacity. As we delve deeper into this patent wonderland, we stumble upon an intriguing promotional jigsaw featuring Beechams Pills and Powders. Piece by piece, it unravels tales of medicinal marvels that promised relief from ailments in days gone by. Prepare yourself for another mind-boggling creation - Heath Robinson's patent double action grinder for asbestos. A testament to his ingenuity, this contraption revolutionized industrial processes while ensuring safety measures were upheld. Moving forward with awe-inspiring momentum, we encounter Fowlers Steam Engine threshing wheat with remarkable efficiency. Witness how technology transformed agriculture forever as fields are cleared swiftly under its mighty power. Behold. The Lancing-Wheel invention by none other than Heath Robinson himself awaits our attention next. This mechanical masterpiece showcases his ability to merge functionality seamlessly with artistic flair – truly an embodiment of form meeting function. But wait. . Eyeglasses for chickens? Yes indeed. In 1903 came forth a peculiar yet practical patent that aimed to enhance poultry vision – C024 / 3600 was born. And if that wasn't enough eccentricity for you, brace yourself for the double bicycle patent (C024 / 3615) of 1905.