Patents of Charles Goodyear

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
United States 3462 Mar 09, 1844 Improvement in india-rubber fabrics PDF
United States 3461 Mar 09, 1844 India-rubber fabric PDF
United States 1090 Feb 24, 1839 Improvement in the mode of preparing caoutchouc with sulphur for the manufacture of various articles PDF
United States 849 Jul 24, 1838 Improvement in the manufacture of gum-elastic shoes PDF
United States 240 Jun 17, 1837 Improvement in the process of divesting caoutchouc, gum elastic, or india-rubber of its adhesive properties, and also bleaching the same, and thereby adapting it to various useful purposes PDF