You can find some serious gear from the U.S. Patent Office archives. It is amazing what turns up on the internet these days. A months ago I received an email from an ACL reader name Gary that included a few links to some clothing patent diagrams. I wasn’t moved at the time, but once I got a hang of the search procedures I uncovered some really interesting stuff and some serious Americana. A hat tip and a cold beer to Gary for the inspiration. Indulge in diagrams and patents for some classic gear, some of which is probably sitting in your place right now.
LL Bean Duck Boots c.1921
The original Levi’s rivet patent by Jacob Davis from May 20th, 1873.
The first Zippo lighter design and patent.
Steel lunch box with thermos holder, for the workin’ man.
Hamilton Carhartt’s denim overalls from April 17, 1916.
CC Filson shirt design from 1912.
Coleman steel-belted cooler aka the Official Beverage Temperature Control Device of ACL.
Thermos design from The American Thermos Bottle Company c.1915.