I retired in April 2013 after 25 years as a librarian at the British Library specialising in inventions. This included running numerous workshops; writing books on inventions and a work blog; carrying out searches for clients; and one-to-one meetings with inventors. [more]


19 December 2013

Some unusual Santa Claus patents

Christmas is almost upon us. This post is mainly images from US utility and design patents depicting good ol' Santa Claus.

What about this bizarre one ?

And then there's an illuminated Santa.

And also a Santa Claus bank. Published in 1953 as, indeed, Santa Claus bank

Santa has to struggle down the chimney... (Christmas toy, from 1926)

...but sometimes things go wrong, such as a dog barking so Santa races back up the chimney without making his delivery (Toy, from 1933).

and then of course there's all the packaging for the presents, as in 1948's Novelty carton. 

Have a good break, everyone.

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