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Eliphalet Whittlesey of Mullica, New Jersey invented a “Gardners’ Stool” that was assigned U.S. Patent 40,301 on October 13, 1863.
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The Gardener’s Patent Locomotive Seat.
Patented, October, 1863.
The invention represented above, is designed to relieve a want long and seriously felt by Gardeners, Florists, Strawberry-pickers, &c., by furnishing an ever-ready support in all cases where their hands need to be employed on or near the ground.
Its chief advantages are:
Simplicity. It consists only of a malleable iron foot-piece with an oblique standard and seat of wood, all (weighing about one pound), firmly and quickly attached to the foot by two straps.
Locomotion. It enables the wearer to walk about at pleasure (the stool constantly attending him), with both hands free for other purposes.
Adaptation. It can be used between the thickest rows, or wherever the wearer can set his foot.
This stool when sold, will be delivered to the Express at Hammonton, New Jersey, on receipt of the price, $1.00.
Orders solicited by
Patentee and Manufacturer, Hammonton, Atlantic Co., New Jersey.
Quinn, Pr. 3d & Market Phila.
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Library of Congress Data
The gardener’s patent locomotive seat … E. Whittlesey. Patentee and manufacturer … Philadelphia Quinn, Pr. 3d & Market St. [1863?].
Created / Published
Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 158, Folder 22.
1 p.; 30 x 20 cm.
Portfolio 158, Folder 22
Broadsides, leaflets, and pamphlets from America and Europe
rbpe 15802200 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.15802200
Whittlesey, Eliphalet. “The Gardener’s Patent Locomotive Seat. Philadelphia, 1863”. Image. United States Library of Congress. Accessed April 15, 2016.
Whittlesey, Eliphalet. “Gardeners’ Stool”. United States Patent and Trademark Office. Accessed April 15, 2016.