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One common question about patent model inventors is, “Were they successful?” For some well-known inventors such as Thomas Edison, the answer is yes. For others, it isn’t so easy to determine and perhaps their patent is all that is known about them. Whether the patent itself was successful, well t
On June 2, 1977 staff from the Hagley Library recorded an interview with Mr Willard Wilson. The interview with Wilson, delved into a career in communications that spanned a period that covered the early history of wireless telegraphy, radio, and moving pictures.
In 2013, through a generous donation, a treasure trove of industrial design ideas and sketches from Lunt Silversmiths arrived at Hagley Museum and Library. Lunt Silversmiths was incorporated in Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1901.
During the nineteenth century, women made up just 1% of all inventors who received United States patents. Hagley is fortunate to have approximately 80 patent models representing women inventors out of the more than 5,000 models in the collection.
Beginning in the late 1950s and continuing into the early 1980s, Hagley staff interviewed 175 people from the Brandywine Valley area in Delaware, creating a phenomenal archive of daily life and work in the region going back to the late nineteenth century. These 352 hours of audio and full typed i