Back to the National Archives’ Public Vaults, this time looking at patent office drawings, found by refining the search to yield only Architectural and Engineering Drawings.
First, a few flying machines.
What do you make of this poem, “Aspiration,” accompanying the drawing here?
Drawing of a Device by Which a Person Can Fly, 1902. ARC Identifier 594758
Have you ever been worried about being buried alive? This inventor must have. I like the revision to the subtitle of this “life preserving coffin” in which actual has been marked through. After all, no coffin design will help the actually dead.
Drawing for a Life–Preserving Coffin, 11/15/1843. Invented by Christian H. Eisenbrandt. ARC Identifier 595517
I don’t know what to make of these next two.
Lots of puzzling things going on in the next diagram. What is the man at the top of this staircase doing? And the second guy in the top hat? What is that chair doing at the base of the stairs? Why did the inventor call his mobile staircase a ladder anyway? etc.
Time to rest, but how fast would you have to rock in this chair to make a breeze strong enough to justify expending your energy?
Here’s something to listen to while you rock: