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1893_Chicago_Exiibition_exhibit_diplomaMay 19, 1892: King Invents Pneumatic Hammer

On this day in 1892, Charles Brady King, an American engineer and entrepreneur, invents the pneumatic hammer.    [image above is the 1893 Chicago Exhibition exhibit diploma for King’s hammer invention]

Charles King

Charles King

Patent 513941, Pneumatic Hammer

Patent 513941, Pneumatic Hammer

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But wait, there’s more…

King was the first to build and drive an automobile in Detroit.  Henry Ford was following that day, literally . . .  on his bicycle.

He was mentor to Henry Ford and Ransom Olds, and eventually started his own auto company, the King Motor Co, which was ultimately absorbed by Studebaker.

King on the right driving the streets of Detroit

King on the right driving the streets of Detroit

King's Car Restored

King’s Car Restored

In fact, at the New York Auto Show in 1912, the King automobile was the only one to feature left-hand steering, which soon became the industry standard. At that time, he already had more than 40 automotive patents to his credit.

2007-12-19_CBKingCloseWeb-Large

King’s famous quote in the Detroit Journal, “I am convinced that in time, the horseless carriage will supersede the horse”, was poo pooed by that generation.

Below are a few of his 64 inventions that ultimately made him independently wealthy.

Ballast-Unloader

Ballast-Unloader

Car steering gear

Car steering gear

Lubricated pulley

Lubricated pulley

Steam shovel boom

Steam shovel boom

Railcar brake beam, 1894

Railcar brake beam, 1894

Reversible Steam Engine

Reversible Steam Engine

Spring Suspension

Spring Suspension

Sparking Mechanism

Sparking Mechanism

Steam shovel apparatus

Steam shovel apparatus

Steering Mechanism, 1906

Steering Mechanism, 1906

Steam shovel, 1905

Steam shovel, 1905

Transmission 1904

Transmission 1904

Transmission, 1907

Transmission, 1907

Transmission, 1908

Transmission, 1908

Valve-Gear, 1905

Valve-Gear, 1905

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