Science: Patent Sesquicentennial

The U. S. Patent Office in Washington remembers a story about a patent examiner who, in 1870, got discouraged. In 1870 there were no automobiles, airplanes, streamlined trains, steam turbines, oil-burning ships or Diesel engines; no movies, radio, television, electric refrigeration, vacuum cleaners, air conditioning; no rayon, nylon, Cellophane, stainless steel, chromium plate; no linotypes, color photography, wirephotos; not even a decent golf ball. Nevertheless the discouraged examiner looked around, decided that everything of importance had been invented, quit his job to look for something permanent.

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