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Friday, 22 July 2016


In Old English, a mousetrap was called a 'mowsfalle' or 'mousefall.'

The classic spring-loaded mousetrap was first patented by William C. Hooker of Abingdon, Illinois, who received a US patent  for his design in 1894.

19th-century ad for a spring-loaded bar mousetrap of William Hooker's design

The "Little Nipper" spring-loaded mousetrap was invented by British ironmonger James Henry Atkinson in 1897. He sold the patent for £1,000 in 1913 to a Welsh company Procter Bros, which has made Little Nippers ever since.

A mousetrap very similar to Atkinson's Little Nipper design. By Jerry mouse - Cropped from File:Lapki.jpg, 

According to the Smithsonian Institution in America, more patents have been issued for mousetraps than any other device.

From 1870-1996 more than 4,400 US patents were issued for mousetraps. Only about 20 made money.

The European Patent Office lists 860 mousetrap patents plus 973 patents for mouse traps (two words).

In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.

Source Daily Mail

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