Posts Tagged ‘1862’

November 25

The irrepressible inventive spirit of the American male during the 19th century is evident in the hundreds of patents filed in the Patent Office describing devices by which the laborious operation of setting type by hand might be automated, and as a byproduct the pockets of the inventor might be suitably garnished. One such patent, [...]

August 29

“On the 29th day of August, 1862 I commenced the work with one male assistant and four female operatives.” With this short statement by Spencer M.Clark, the chief clerk of the Bureau of Construction of the Treasury Department of the United States, recorded the promulgation of his orders from Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the [...]