23 May 2011

KDV Takes Over Blog

I am passing this project on to my husband, Ken DeVries. The new URL is:


16 January 2011

Garment Hanger

Inventor: O. E. Denivelle
Date: March 7, 1922
U. S. Patent Number: 60,514

Ear Clip For Flattening of Protruding Ears

Inventor: John Dubrowski, Oakville, Onatario, Canada
Date: February 12, 1980
U. S. Patent Number: 4,187,838

Description: "Many people are faced with the problem of having noticeably protruding ears which detract from the person's appearance. In some cases, only one ear may protrude and in other cases, both ears may protrude. At the present time, the only reliable method of flattening the ear to the head is to perform surgery… The present invention provides an individual ear clip which fits on the ear auricle and which is secured to the hair of the user for the flattening of a protruding ear auricle."

Combination Toy Dog and Vacuum Cleaner

Inventor: Anne Margaret Zaleski, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: November 13, 1973
U. S. Patent Number: 3,771,192

Description: "A toy dog closely resembling a real dog and having a hollow interior in which is mounted a vacuum cleaner having a suction hose which is retractable from the tail end of the dog. This enables vacuuming a dog after a hair cut and grooming without causing fear to the dog, inasmuch as the vacuum cleaner noise is greatly muffed by such enclosure. The vacuum cleaner is convertible to a blower and air issuing from the tail end can be heated so as to serve as a dryer."

13 November 2010

Two Instructional Jesus Dolls

1. Jesus Doll For Teaching Children

Inventor: Daniel Trevino, Erie, Pennsylvania
Date: December 28, 1999
U.S. Patent Number: 6,007,404

Description: "A soft-bodied doll bearing a resemblance to a caricature of Jesus. The doll includes a voice simulator which preferably has recorded thereon phrases from Jesus' actual ministry as recorded in God's word, the Bible."

2. Dolls Formed in the Likeness of the Lord Jesus with a Movable Head and Extremities

Inventor: Linda M. S. Dumond, Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: October 10, 1995
U.S. Patent Number: 5,456,625

Description: "A doll formed in the likeness of the Lord Jesus with a movable head and extremities comprised of a torso section including a loin cloth molded into its lower portion and a pair of movable leg sections. … The doll is provided with electrically conductive nails which when inserted through apertures in the hands of the doll, mount the doll to a provided cross and close an electrical circuit which illuminates the cross."

Musical Gloves

Inventor: James Bryce, Harrison, NJ
Date: February 12, 1957
U.S. Patent Number: 2,780,954

Description: "A prime object of the present invention is to provide a glove to be worn on the hand having air vibrated reed type musical instruments constituting the finger tips thereof through which special tonal qualities are obtained by merely blowing the breath through the instruments, said instruments having a range of tones extending through an octave or more without the necessity of using finger holes or keys."


Inventor: Bernard H. Nichols, Ravenna, Ohio
Date: May 20, 1913
U.S. Patent Number: 1,062,025

Description: Hat to prevent premature baldness. The hat is "adapted to fit upon the head in such a manner as not to interfere with the free circulation of blood to the scalp, and at the same time so constructed as to be worn without discomfort, and without causing a temporary unseemly marking on the forehead or scalp of the wearer where it comes in contact therewith, when the hat is removed."