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Early 1900s Patent Document for the design of Tattooing Device by Charles Wagner [Matted For Framing] Some history is far below...
We have other tattoing patents on this site.
This wonderful reproduction of the original patent graphic is crisply printed on luxurious Ivory Parchment Paper. It includes a white acid-free matte and is ready for insertion into a standard 8" x 10" frame for hanging. Graphic area shown is 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Also, included are the remaining pages of the Patent Document printed on 20# white bond paper to complete the Patent information for the collector.
Image included here is low-quality for quick loading on the net with SAMPLE written across, which will not be on your print.
Makes a terrific gift for the collector or an addition to your collection!
All Patent Information has been reproduced from the USPTO documents. =========================================== Some history from the net: New York tattoo artist Samuel F. O'Reilly invented the electric tattoo machine in 1891. We also have his patent matted for framing on this site... He had been using the hand method of tattooing before, but it was tediously slow. The demand for more elaborate tattoos led O'Reilly to seek a faster method. O'Reilly found a device called the "Electric Pen". This device, invented by Thomas A. Edison in 1876 was part of a document duplication system used by businesses. The handheld Electric Pen used a high-speed reciprocating motor to drive a single needle. It did not use any ink, but merely perforated holes in a master form. The master form then became a stencil, and ink rolled onto its surface passed through the holes to make copies onto blank sheets placed underneath the stencil. O'Reilly took this invention, added multiple needles and an ink reservoir, and earned a U.S. patent in 1891.
The birthplace of the American style tattoo was Chatham Square in New York City. At the turn of the century it was a seaport and entertainment center attracting working-class people with money. Samuel O'Reilly came from Boston and set up shop there. He took on an apprentice named Charlie Wagner. Mr. Wagner received the patent offered above in 1904. After O'Reilly's death in 1908, Wagner opened a supply business with Lew Alberts. Alberts had trained as a wallpaper designer and he transferred those skills to the design of tattoos. He is noted for redesigning a large portion of early tattoo flash art. ==========================================