Patent Model of a Book Holder

Patent Model of a Book Holder

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Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a stand to hold large books such as dictionaries, open or closed; the invention was granted patent number 239055.
LaVerne Noyes (1849-1919) started his career in the manufacture of agricultural machinery. After taking out this patent, he made a successful market of wire book holders for some years. Later he became interested in windmills and their potential for generating electricity, and set up the Aermotor Company for the production of steel windmills. Electricity generated by a rooftop windmill lit the New York office of Aermotor in 1895.
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Object Name
manufacture, book holder
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1881
patent date
Noyes, La Verne W.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 27.8 cm x 20.6 cm x 20.2 cm; 10 15/16 in x 8 1/8 in x 7 15/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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