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July 28, 1905

Alta L. Smith, Letter, 28 July 1905, Accession 37469, Personal Papers Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

A. L. Smith Endorsed a Farming Invention

This circular letter advertises the merits of the Fontaine Shock Binder, an invention of Alta L. Smith (1856–1941), which made binding corn easier and prevented damage to corn shocks. The letter's stationary includes a sketch of the tool and the patent date of January 5, 1905. Smith was a printer and inventor in Richmond; he also invented a "bank protector" that locked a bank's revolving door and protected the security guard during attempted robberies.