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    PUNCHBOARDS
    January 17, 1905 - Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

    The first U.S. patent was issued for a punchboard to Charles A. Brewer and Clinton G. Scannell of Chicago, Illinois, described as “vending devices.” They were manufactured by Charles A. Brewer & Sons in the same city. (No. 780,086). Even though the equivalent of punchboards had been around for many years, they had never been available in such a neat and portable form. The invention of board stuffing machines and ticket folding and plaiting machines in the late 1910s was probably the key factor which allowed the punchboard industry to flourish. Once the boards became cheap to manufacture, they flooded the country. Noted gambling author John Scarne estimates that 30 million punchboards were sold in 1910-15.

    TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD
    January 17, 1882 - Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

    A telephone switchboard was issued a U.S. patent to Leroy Firman of Chicago, Illinois (No. 252,576), which was assigned to the Western Electric Manufacturing Co. Also of Chicago. With his invention of a “multiple switchboard for telephone exchanges,” Firman addressed the problem of increasing numbers of subscribers. Previously, single switchboards, each with an attendant, served their group of individual lines. A large exchange was thus divided up into a number of internal exchange switchboards which were worked together as necessary, with trunk lines between the boards. Firman devised an arrangement to handle an exchange of a thousand or more subscribers with line status information exchanged between switchmen.

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This online shop sells hot water bottles, soft hot water bottles and warm water bottles from high quality brands like Gund and NICI. You can also buy soft toys, a toys for newborns.
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When it comes to toy collectors, Lionel Trains rank at the top of the "must have" list for many collectors. These trains are frequently sought after by collectors and the value of each individual car can vary greatly. Typically, older pieces are the most sought after due to the rarity, age and nostalgia associated with train sets.
If you have ever gone to a busy toy shop during the holidays looking for the season's hot toy, then you understand what a difficult and often frustrating place a brick and mortar toy shop can be. People, long lines, screaming children, it's no wonder that toy shops online have exploded in popularity.
Toy manufacturers understand that their products are more popular than ever despite the numerous video games and digital toys that have been dominant within the market for years. Video games and mobile device applications have revolutionized how kids play and have fun in the modern era.

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Drs. Richards and Miller care for a pediatric dental practice dedicated to providing dental care, education and community service to Lake County and surrounding areas.
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