Patents of Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) 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 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 PDF
Great Britain 1688 Jul 15, 1853 Improvements in spreading of applying india rubber or compositions of india rubber on fabrics PDF
Great Britain 163 Oct 02, 1852 Improvements in the manufacture of tables, sofas, bedsteads, stands, chairs, and other articles of furniture and the frames and bodies of musical instruments PDF
Great Britain 43 Oct 01, 1852 Improvements in harness and in horse and carriage furniture PDF
Great Britain 37 Oct 01, 1852 Improvements in covering and sheathing surfaces with a material not hitherto used for such purposes PDF