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What is Patent Number 821,393?

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All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.

Introduction

You will see a patent drawing for an invention with its name and its inventors' names hidden. 
 
Quickly scan this document. What do you notice first?


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Worksheet

What is Patent Number 821,393?

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Examine the documents included in this activity and write your response in the space provided.


  • Describe the document and the invention it depicts as if you were explaining it to someone who can’t see it.
  • Based on what you can see, what do you think is the purpose of this invention? List evidence from the document to explain your opinion.
After you have made a hypothesis, click "View Entire Document" to reveal the invention. 

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Activity Element

Patent Drawing for Flying Machine - Wright Brothers

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Conclusion

What is Patent Number 821,393?

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  • How has this invention been used throughout history since the 1900s?  How is it used today?  How has it changed?

  • What positive effects has this invention had over time?
  • What negative effects has this invention had over time? 


Your Response




Document

Patent Drawing for Flying Machine - Wright Brothers

5/22/1906

These drawings are from the patent file for the Flying Machine (or airplane) invented by Orville and Wilbur Wright of Dayton, Ohio.
This primary source comes from the Record Group 241: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office.
National Archives Identifier: 2524937
Full Citation: Patent Drawing for Flying Machine - Wright Brothers; 5/22/1906; 821393 - Flying Machine - Wright Brothers; Selected Patent Files, 1840 - 2005; Record Group 241: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, ; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/flying-machine-wright-brothers, June 19, 2021]


Patent Drawing for Flying Machine - Wright Brothers

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Patent Drawing for Flying Machine - Wright Brothers

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Patent Drawing for Flying Machine - Wright Brothers

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