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Patented wheel BCX342.9999499.1 Frictionless Pulley Pulley comprised of two anodized blue disks linked to an internal ball bearing and held within a folded aluminum blank. Patent number information etched on surface of disk. Industrial America Nov 8,1955 Parry Sound, MA Donated by the estate of Mrs Loukissas-Battles Aluminum, anodized aluminum, steel Industrial manufacturing Charles B Franklin’s frictionless pulley revolutionized laundry day for countless American households. After entering the market in 1953, the wheel was already a best-seller and ubiquitous part of the suburban backyard by the time the patent was awarded in 1955. This special edition of the pulley, anodized in a limited edition cobalt blue, was created to commemorate the official grant of the patent. Only 27 were made as gifts to the PULLCO staff. Devine 1955, Sutton 1957 , Kelly 1977, Paul 2002, Vandyke 2003 1988 Industrial Tools & Equipment ‘Patently Ingenious’ ‘Aluminum: Our Friend’ ‘Domestic Bliss - Home Inventions of the 1950s’ ‘Lucky 13, the history of Aluminum’

Shoe horn 12-67893-12-C Berkeley Royal Grain Prototype Shoe Tree Consists of rounded wooden base shaped to fit in toe of shoe with slats extending through center. Metal rod is joined to top, allowing 200 degree rotation. Wooden bulb screws onto the end of rod. Bulb fits into wooden handle allowing rotation, but joint is not secured. Handle is notched to accommodate toe of base in compact folded position. Pre-war Germany 1938 Oberndorf Washington, DC Wood, metal alloy Industrial production This is a prototype of a shoe tree designed for portability. It would have been sold to travelling salesmen for whom both space and presentation was a priority. Note in particular the experimental straight slots as compared to the more traditional and still common circular holes.

Kadish 1981, Miranda 1983 1959 Personal Accessories ‘On the Road’ ‘Wear, Tear, and Care’ ‘Lost Civilization - Pre War Germany and What the Nazis Destroyed’ ‘Suitcase Life’ ‘Pre-production: The Hidden Life of Common Objects’

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