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    Posted 5 years ago

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    The United States Patent Office issued patent No. 1,214,913 to Robert R. Hage, of Great Falls, Montana, February 6, 1917 for a gate-actuating mechanism. He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota prior to January 19, 1921 where he applied for a patent for an improved gate-actuating mechanism. Hage was granted patent No. 1,432,750 on October 24, 1922. One half of the rights to the patent were granted to his brother Oscar R. Hage also of Minneapolis. Why the patent process took so long is unknown.
    The advertising poster indicates the gates were manufactured in Newton, Iowa. However, an article in the January 15, 1921 Farm Machinery/Farm Power indicates the gates were sold by The Actuating Farm Gate Company, 335 Lumber Exchange, Minneapolis, Minnesota a year before the patent was issued. Maybe this was a company operated by Robert and his brother Oscar. This model is 38 1/2" L x 12" W x 17" T. The model is made in modules that may be disconnected for transport.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Great gate model!! Is this a new acquisition or something you just pulled from your collection?

      It is amazing-- love it!

    2. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Thanks Scott
      This is a new addition that is the result of over two years of negotiation. Found the patents by accident while doing google searches for the manufacturing company. Up popped the Farm Machinery - Farm Power magazine which steered me to the name of the PATENTEE. Ain't Google great?
    3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Agree the internet/ search engines are great. So much information available at your fingertips that years ago would have taken several trips/ library loans to get BASIC information.

      Thanks for sharing!

    4. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      I just love your salesman samples. They are so cool!
    5. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      I love the last paragraph in the first paper!
    6. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago

      Thank You Caliene. I have been fascinated with miniatures from a very young age. Think it may be from watching all the baby animals on the farm. A gate like this one would have been too uppity for our neighborhood. Still miss the farm. It has all been paved over.

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