Henry R. Heyl papers
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Henry Renno Heyl (1842-1919) was born in 1842 in Columbus, Ohio. He came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1863. Heyl had a passion for inventing and was involved with The Franklin Institute for several years. He also served in the United States military. He married Mary Knauff and they had four children.
In February of 1870 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Heyl displayed one of his inventions, the phasmatrope, which used glass transparencies of a sequence of static poses to produce an illusion of motion when projected onto a screen. This was one of the first public demonstrations of projected photographic sequences to give the appearance of motion. In 1877, Heyl was awarded the first United States patent for a stapler. In 1882, Heyl received an award from The Franklin Institute for a wire book sewing machine. Heyl received his final patent in 1913 for a seam clamp used to make paper tubes. He died in 1919.
McCosker, M. J. "Philadelphia and the Genesis of the Motion Picture." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 65, no. 4 (October 1941): 401-419.
Reyland, Mark T. "What Will They Say About You in 100 Years?" July 28, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2016. http://www.inventoropinion.com/what-will-they-say-about-you-in-100-years/.
Henry R. Heyl papers, 1876-1917, consist of numerous patents, drawings and explanations of Heyl's inventions. There is a large amount of materials pertaining to his paper milk bottle and wire book sewing machine inventions. Also included are some photographs and a glass plate negative, a scrapbook, correspondence, graphs, diagrams and blueprints, notes, reports, notebooks, manuals, and books.
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