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The Passing of Uncle Sam's Old Curiosity Shop

By Donald MacGregor

((originally published in The Mentor, September, 1925))

Yielding to the pressure of modern business and needing more elbow room in the Patent Office, Uncle Sam is disposing of the patent models deposited there by the inventors of the country almost since the beginning of our national life. He is hauling out and carting away all the ancient machines and dusty appliances that have been milestones in our industrial development. From this time on, as in the last few years, all anybody will need as the basis for a patent claim will be a neat India ink drawing or a blueprint, later to be filed away in an up-to-date steel case...

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