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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
370                    CHURCH REVIEW.

        PROGRESS OF INVENTIONS SINCE 1845.
  In the year 1845 the present owners of the "Scientific Ameri-
can" newspaper commenced its publication, and soon after
established a bureau for the procuring of patents,for inventions
at home and in foreign countries. During the year 1845 there
were only 502 patents issued from the U.S. Patent Office, and
the total issue from the establishment of the Patent Office, up
to the end of that year, numbered only 4,347.
  Up to the first of July, this year, there have been granted
406,413, showing that since the commencement of the publi-
cation of the "Scientific Americans there have been issued
from the U. S. Patent Office 402,166 patents, and about one-
third more applications have b en made than have been
granted, showing the ingenuity of our people to be phenome-
nal, and much greater than ever the enormous number of pat-
ents issued indicates. Probably a good many of our readers
have had business transact d through the offices of the "Scien-
tific American," in New York or Washington, and are familiar
with Munn & Co.'s mode of doing business, but those who have
not will be interested in knowing something about this, the
oldest patent soliciting firm in this country, probably in the
world.
  Persons visiting the offices of the "Scientific American,"
361 Broadway, N. Y., for the first time, will be surprised, on
entering the main office, to find such an extensive and ele-
gantly equipped establishment, with its walnut counters, desks
and chairs to correspond, and its enormous safes, and such a
large number of draughtsmen, specification writers, and clerks,
all busy as bees, reminding one of a large-banking or insurance
office, with its hundred employees.
  In conversation with one of the firm, who had commenced
the business of soliciting patents in connection with the pub-
lication of the "Scientific American," more than forty years
ago, we learned that his firm had made application for patents
for upwards of one hundred thousand inventors in the United
States, and several thousands in different foreign countries,
and had fled as many cases in the Patent Office in a single
month as there were patents issued during the entire first year
of their business career. This gentleman had seen the Patent
Office grow from a sapling to a sturdy oak, and he modestly
hinted that many thought the "Scientific American," with its
large circulation, had performed no mean share in stimulating
inventions and advancing the interests of the Patent Office
But it is not alone the patent soliciting that occupies the at,
tention of the one hundred persons employed by Munn & Co.,
but a large number are engaged on the four publications issued
weekly and monthly from their office, 361 Broadway, N.Y.,
viz., the "Scientific American," the "Scientific American Sup-
plement," the Export Edition of the "Scientific American,"
and the Architects' and Builders' Edition of the "Scientific
American., The first two publications are issued every week,
and the latter two the first of every month.




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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