Patents of Charles Goodyear
Charles Goodyear is best known for a single patent, US 3633, Improvements in India-Rubber Fabrics Vulcanization of Rubber . The story of Goodyear and his 1839 discovery of vulcanization, a method to increase the strength and resiliency of rubber, has been told in several well researched accounts. What has not been accomplished is a compilation of the complete patents of Goodyear. Although many books and articles discuss the patents of Charles Goodyear, up to this point there was no single comprehensive and accurate list of his patents including all the information needed to retrieve the original documents from the issuing patenting organizations. Librarians of the Rubber Division, ACS and the University of Akron, using both print and online resources were able to compile a complete list of Goodyear’s patents issued in the 19th Century.
|Origin||Patent Number||Issue Date||Title/Description||Patent File|
|Great Britain||965||Apr 06, 1857||An improved manufacture of waterproof fabric, applicable as a substitute for leather, prunella|
|Great Britain||761||Apr 05, 1888||Improvements in self-inflating pontoons and life-perservers. The pontoon is made of india rubber or waterproof fabrics...|
|Great Britain||1667||Jul 23, 1855||Improvements in the manufacture of boats and other vessels|
|Great Britain||1688||Jul 15, 1853||Improvements in spreading of applying india rubber or compositions of india rubber on fabrics|
|Great Britain||1690||Jul 15, 1853||Improvements in the manufacture of brushes and substitutes; these are forming the handles and backs of brushes by combining india rubber with sulphur|