George Eastman was issued a patent September 4, 1888 for his box camera and trademarked the name “Kodak.” This is a Kodak ad from the early 20th century, from the National Museum of American History Library’s trade literature collection.  

The National Museum of American History has two of these box cameras from 1888: one with serial number 540 and the other with serial number 2443. You can also see the patent itself on the US Patent & Trademark Office site.

While the box camera may have ushered in an era of photography for the general masses, sadly no definitive answer has yet been given as to when the duck face became de rigueur. 

anotherphilosopher said:

Tell us what you think about the Washington Redskins losing their patients.

I believe I’m with the majority of Americans who has never seen the mascot or name of the Washington Redskins as a disparaging or racist moniker.  This whole issue can easily be alluded to the same idea that some individuals may be offended by the term “The Fighting Irish” but most Irish descendants could care less…the majority of Americans could care less in fact and haven’t for 80 years.  The same goes for the rest of the multitude of team names across the country that are associated with Native American culture or iconography.  A few individuals may be outraged and offended, but the majority could care less.  Then you have the non-natives in this country (aka: the whiny bleeding-heart liberals) who are offended on the Native Americans’ behalf. These are the rabble-rousing PC crowd that are ruining our society.  Some of these offended white people are completely dishonest about their being offended in the first place.


The history of the name is interesting though.  First off, the etymology of the term redskins was actually devised by the natives to distinguish themselves from the white settlers.  The concept was as innocent as the term black and white is today to differentiate two skin colors.

Furthermore, the Washington Redskins used to be called the Boston Braves but was rumored to be changed as tribute to their first head coach William ‘Lone Star’ Dietz who claimed to be Native American (although that has highly been contested.)  Either way, the story goes that the original owner, George Preston Marshall, saw the authentic Sioux headdress of Dietz and was inspired to change the team before they moved to Washington D.C..  I don’t know about you, but from those I’ve personally met with both full and partial native heritage, he seems to have some pretty obvious physical traits…well more than some that have exploited it more so than he.


Pictured above, Native American Elizabeth “Sitting Bullshit” Warren is testifying before the Senate about the size of her brain.

Regardless if he was Sioux or not, that doesn’t change the fact that the team name was inspired by him.  It wasn’t named out of racist implications or derogatory malice as the left would like to assume.

As far as the legality of the issue, it would seem that the Washington Redskins have done this dog and pony show before and won.  Not being a lawyer myself, I have to defer to the knowledge of experts like Mark Levin who says the franchise hasn’t lost their name or logo thanks to Common Law.  So, this may all just be more media sensationalism.

I believe at the end of the day, this all boils down to more tyranny from the Obama White House.  Their goons hitmen bureaucrats, this time from the US Patent and Trademark office, are imposing more political correctness for a small minority…in the name of “equality” of course.  There’s something in this country called Freedom of Speech and this is just another attempt to trump it with the idea that we now don’t have the right to offend people.  If people truly hated these teams with offensive names, they would stop buying tickets and merchandise then fade away as an outdated franchise.  But no, they must compel us to not be offensive with our First Amendment rights…BY FORCE.

I leave you with a short blurb from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who sums up this entire move around the 1:35 mark.


A machine that really adds up

This drawing by William Seward Burroughs is from his first patent application for a calculating machine—an important step toward the modern computer. A sometime clerk, box maker, and mechanic, Burroughs resolved to invent a machine that could add automatically and print the result. He was issued the patent on August 21, 1888.

Drawing for a Calculating Machine, 08/21/1888

via DocsTeach


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