“patent wrapper”

patent wrapper copy

The key footnote in the text “Invention, the Angel of the Nineteenth Century”: Patents for Women’s Cycling Attire in the 1890s by Sally Helvenston Gray and Mihaela C. Peteu, in Dress, Volume 32, 2005

What is a patent wrapper? Where can we access this correspondence? what else will it tell us about the process of the women in their inventions and about the ways they learnt to become patentees, through agents or with the patent office directly. Will this lead us to more accurate genealogies?

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