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On this day in 1955, Madison A. Edson was granted U.S. Patent No. 2,711,048 for a FISHING LURE. 

An excerpt from the patent states:

It is another object of this invention to provide an articulated fishing lure which is practically indestructible, and which is composed of relatively few parts capable of being formed of sheet metal by relatively simple stamping operations.

It is still another object of this invention to provide a fishing lure simulating a fish in general outline and having substantially flat tail and head sections hingedly coupled together in a manner to permit limited relative movement of the sections in practically all directions.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a fishing lure of the type set forth above having fins projecting laterally outwardly from opposite sides of the tail and head sections. These fins act somewhat similarly to sponsons or bearing areas and cooperate with the flat tail and head sections to impart the desired action to the lure during use.

It is still another object of this invention to provide the lure with bright contoured lines which impart attractiveness to the lure and make it readily visible when in use. The head, tail and fins of the lure may be formed of bright sheet metal such as aluminum and the bright contour lines may be produced on one or more of the above parts by an engraving operation. As a result of the engraving operation, shallow grooves or scratches are formed in the parts, and these grooves or scratches reflect the light to such an extent that the lure gives a bright flashing appearance when in use.

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