Hat Guard

Back in the day when the theft of hats from hatracks was an ongoing problem, Frank P. Snow of Los Angeles patented this invention designed to inflict pain on any would-be hat thieves.

A thief could take the hat, but if he tried to put it on, a "guarding prong" would jab into his skull. The prong locked in place and could only be moved if you knew the code to the combination lock.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office - June 2, 1914

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 14, 2018
     Category: Inventions | Headgear | 1910s

In an old "Mad Magazine" they had a burglar alarm. It was barbed tines that he would step on. The alarm sound was him screaming in pain.
Posted by BMN on 06/14/18 at 10:15 AM
Put a little curare on the barb and let the fun begin! Thieves dropping dead on the streets. Instant justice!
Posted by kdp on 06/14/18 at 04:02 PM
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