Invention Case: Jerome Lemelson: Toying with Invention

November 21, 2008 – May 30, 2012

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan

On view in this case are notebooks with sketches of toy ideas and examples of some of the toys Jerome Lemelson invented. Lemelson earned more than 600 patents; some 70 of them describe toys -- inflatable toys, jumping toys, toys with propellers, toys that run on tracks, target games, dolls, and more. In fact, Lemelson's first patent, issued in 1953, was for a new kind of propeller beanie.