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Combined Grocer's Package, Grater, Slicer and Mouse and Fly Trap
May 2017 Wacky Patent


U.S. Patent Number: US 586,025 A

Patented Jul 6, 1897


Robert Martin Gardiner And Henry E. Ralston


Colitz Catchphrase:

"If a man can make a better mousetrap, though he builds his house in the woods the world will make a beaten path to his door.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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My invention relates to the construction of a grocers sheet-metal box in such a manner as to be useful for other purposes, (after the first contents are removed,) such as a grater, shredder, slicer, and mouse and fly trap. I attain these objects by the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 represents a sheet-metal cylindrically-shaped grocers package or box with feet attached to one end. Fig. 2 represents a similar figure, showing the opposite side constructed as a grater. Fig. 3 represents the same constructed as a slicer. Fig. 4 represents, the same as a mouse-trap. Fig. 5 represents the body with vertical feet at one end, preparatory to using it as a fly-trap. Fig. 6 represents the conical wire attachment for the box when used as a fly-trap. Fig. 7 represents the box, the wire-gauze, and boxcover used, complete for a fly-trap.

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