"Hawkeye Pat'd. Oct 30 1877"
S. Smith, Union Block, DeWitt, Iowa, circa 1878
From the Paul D. Cole collection.
This unusual contraption was photographed by S. Smith of DeWitt, Iowa. So far I do not have more than a name and gallery location for Smith. I welcome any data you might have on Smith or this unusual patented device. Unlike today, when photography is commonplace, people would stop their work to pose for the photographer. An inventor proudly revealing his newly patented machinery is just one of the many types of customer to enter the photographic establishment on any given day. The photographer would be happy to supply his entrepreneurial customer with cartes de visite to hand out to prospective customers.
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