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George W. Puterbaugh and Alfred Teal's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

George W. Puterbaugh and Alfred Teal's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
George W. Puterbaugh from Greenfield, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent model no. 173340 was issued on February 8, 1876 with Alfred E. Teal.
This desk has storage and slants downward. It is made of oak and has metal screws. The seat folds up, and bumpers are incorporated into the design to prevent the seat from slamming and creating noise. It has crossed member supports with a heavily reinforced folding seat and cloverleaf design. The seat curves and has a backrest for support.
George W. Puterbaugh was born in 1844. He served as a school principal and later as superintendent in Greenfield, Indiana. He went on to found the Straight Wood Co. (also called the Straight Wood School Desk Co.) to manufacture desks. He died in 1887.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
1876
associated date
1875
patent date
1876-02-08
patentee
Puterbaugh, George W.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
patentee
Teal, Alfred E.
inventor
Puterbaugh, George W.
Teal, Alfred E.
Puterbaugh, George W.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Greenfield
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 6 in x 8 in; 17.78 cm x 15.24 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0396
catalog number
65.0396
accession number
249602
patent number
173,340
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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