Suiter Swantz IP takes a look back at past inventions and inventors with our Patent of the Day.  

On this day in 1899, Louis Schutte were granted U.S. Patent No. 627,596 for a MONOCYCLE.

An excerpt from the patent states:

The invention relates to the construction of a monocycle, having for its object to provide a new machine of this class and one of simple construction.

Broadly speaking, my invention consists in supporting, through depending arms journaled upon the hub of a single wheel, a frame of frames pivotally depending from the said arms and not otherwise secured thereto, said frames being adapted to support the foot of a rider standing in upright position while the wheel revolves and in providing in addition to this frame means by which the rider can apply power to rotate the wheel, said means consisting, preferably, of pedals connected with cranks attached tot he lower part of the supporting-frame below its connection with the arms and connected also in such manner as to communicated their reciprocating motion into a rotation motion of the wheel.

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