Wednesday, 7 November 2007

How Inventive! (No. 5)

Who doesn't fear being buried alive? Fortunately, Franz Vester came up with a solution, way back in 1868. (The basic idea of "safety coffins" goes back further, however — at least to the 1820s.) In U.S. Patent No. 81,437, he claimed an apparatus comprising coffin with a string extending to a bell located above ground. If you're buried alive, jingle the bell to alert help. He even illustrated his invention with Abraham Lincoln in the coffin.

Patent 0,081,437 figure 4

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