Friday, March 14, 2008

SF Patent #3 -- The Murphy Bed

Apparently tiny apartments are not a new problem in San Francisco.

William Murphy and his wife moved to San Francisco right around 1900 and found their one-room apartment offered insufficient space for entertaining.

Murphy was granted U.S. Patent number 1518346 in 1919 for his "Folding Bed," marketed as the Murphy Bed beginning in 1925.

Information Source: van Dulken, Stephen. American Inventions: A History of Curious, Extraordinary, & Just Plain Useful Patents. Washington Square; New York University Press, 2004. p95
Available at SFPL.

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