Category Archives: Patent fashions

Design patents for fashions or improvements to fashions

Patent Fashions – Umbrella with windscreen 1930

U.S. Patent 1,774,909 for an umbrella ‘tent’ or windscreen was granted on Sept.2, 1930. The article gives credit to the woman, presumably in the picture, for coming up with the idea after walking into the street and being struck by … Continue reading

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Patent fashions – Puckered swimwear 1938

British patent GB486475 (Publiation Date: 1938-06-03) for elastic fabric. SYMINGTON & CO., Ltd., R. & W. H., and BILLING, G. W. March 30, 1937, No. 9090. The invention relates to garments, particularly but not exclusively intended for bathers or swimmers, … Continue reading

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Patent Fashion – Personal Flotation Device, 1915

Perhaps not a fashion, but it is worn… Moved by the tragedy of the Titanic, Norwegian-born former sailor (who had been shipwrecked three times), John Edlund (1874 – 1957), invented a personal life saving device and patented the idea in 1915. … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Plastic tile purse, 1941

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Lipstick templates

The first commercial lipsticks appeared on the market in the 1880s. While too much lipstick soon became associated with loose morals, many ‘nice girls’ dabbed lip colour sparingly onto their lips to achieve a healthier appearance. Just as the fashion for stronger lip … Continue reading

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Moustache fashion

By the time I went back to my bookmarked page to purchase this 1904 Moustache trainer on Ruby Lane a few months ago, someone had snapped it up. Not that I avidly collect moustache related paraphernalia (I assume the buyer was a collector). The … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – False Eyelashes

Actress Lillian Gish claimed that DW Griffith had invented false eyelashes in 1916 when he had a pair made of human hair glued to a strip of gauze for actress Seena Owen to wear in his film Intolerance. That would be a nice … Continue reading

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Protecting your make-up in 1970

For the woman who has a recent perm or too much make-up and who enjoys the “thrills of the shower” in 1970. Not sure how it could be useful at the beach though…

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Patent Fashions – Before the Reebok pump

It was not Reebok but Fillmore Moore of Farmington Connecticut who built the first inflatable shoe. His 1893 patent describes the technology for a rubber bag midsole that “when the screw plug is turned … air can be blown into and … Continue reading

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Edison’s contribution to fashion

Edison inadvertently invented the device that would become the modern tattooing machine. In 1875 he invented an electric writing instrument consisting of a steel needle driven up and down the barrel of a pen. The device punched tiny holes into … Continue reading

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