Posted 6 years ago
This cabinet card depicts inventor John Bell Davis of Santa Rosa, California with his patented "Corn Popper".
The cabinet card is a studio shot and shows Davis holding the popper over painted flames near the studio fireplace.
Davis filed his patent request on 12 APR 1886 and received his patent (No. 365,586) on 28 JUN 1887.
I believe this photograph was taken after Davis recieved the patent as it shows an improvement not mentioned in his paperwork. The photograph shows a small metal stand that supports the weight of the popper, making it easier on the user and preventing the popper from getting too close to the heat source.
I do not know if the popper was ever commercialy produced.
Reproduction of this image in any form is not authorized.