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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

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Inventions for Easier Living


Wirtz, Virginia - in the April 15 issue, we visited Harry Vaughan's "Over the Top" opener and added informaton about his firm's "Nifty":

The "Nifty" is a combination cap lifter and corkscrew which was patented by Harry L. Vaughan on December 5, 1916 (U. S. Patent No. 1,207,100). Millions of them have been produced and stamped with hundreds of different advertisements for Vaughan customers. A counter display of Nifty openers reads "Heavier, Stronger, Better. Nickel-plated. The easy way to start a cork, lift up on handle. Sold all over the world."

A printing plate for the counter display recently surfaced:

And a stamp for the Nifty:

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©2004 Don Bull, Editor


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