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Before the 1850s, dentures were made out of very hard, very painful and very expensive material, like gold or ivory. They were a luxury item. The invention of Vulcanite hard rubber changed everything. It was moldable, it could be precisely … Continue reading →

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if you have an heritage, just go, listen to a right now, I'll! Wait, let's hear it. You, don't really have to avert the tea ale show, but it gives an interesting backdrop to what you're about to hear, because his herbal, an agreed as patented enforcement in lawsuits are today they rarely result in murder, but things were friend in eighteen. Seventy nine That's when a hounded and pursued patent violator struck back. It made it possible for average working people to afford quality dentures, it's a very historically significant murder and anyone who ever gets dancers is indirectly affected by this crime. That's John Mark. When aims charmer the editor and publisher of fancy,
Murder can be found before the eighteen fifties. Dentures were made at a very hard, very painful and very expensive material like gold or ivory. They were luxury item, but the invention, A Vulcan hard rubber changed everything. It was more the bull it could be precisely fitted and was really did cheap. Everyone began making dentures vulcanize, and these dentures had been overwhelming. Popular, but then in eighteen, sixty four along disputed patent application originally filed a dozen years earlier in eighteen. Fifty two was awarded and then acquired by the good year. Dental, before company he was a company created collect fees or very off sue dentists, who already used vulcanize. There are plenty of Dennis to go after the person that went after them was named: Josiah Bacon, the treasurer of the good, your dental vulcanised company,
and on the and company was trying to collect, and just I beg you was rife personally collect royalties from their patent from the Dallas dear Vulcan company, now monopolize the market dentists were acquired by their rubber and other contraptions used, make densher bases from them. And they were heavy taxes and fees associated with all of this, the price just kept going up and up Josiah Bacon was crisscross yoga. Three throwing Denison jail extracting fees. Fines setting up sting operations has he's a very busy man very enthusiastic about enforcing his path, It was reported in disputed that bacon, zeal for enforcing the pan may have been more
personal vision than that of the good you're vulcanize company. He had rigged the deal so on. He actually personally got the money. I don't know how much the details, but damn it was sick. It sounds like a very unusual financial arrangements with the company enter Samuel, shall fought a dentist who made duchess and who didn't pay the good your vulcanize company for the privilege, anxious I bacon was out. To make an example of him, Josiah Bacon had chase shall find out of them, Delaware, out of them Saint Louis and finally, in San Francisco, and he was wearing his person in the prison. Samuel chauffeur, was completely beaten down by this relentless pursuit and claim that he would
the desire Bacon the San Francisco hotel room on Easter Sunday, eighteen, seventy nine to make peace to pay whenever he could and just go back to being. A simple dentists, however, shall fought yet again in his pocket and, as he says, he argued with Bacon bacon, threaten ascendant prison to command some respect, shall fought, pulled the gun and, as guns that you wave in front of your enemies always do it went. So we also fought murdered desire bacon shall fight was like extremely upset. He sat in the hotel sweet waiting for people to come in to capture him every was down and breakfast, so he slipped out of hotel and he wondered run a city and took a room and a cheap roominghouse in just kind of laden, bad for a couple days. You guilty feverish distraught and any for himself in the place he made a statement to the place where he said that
shot gun beacons accidently in the police. He was sincere thinking that he'd have to come up with some story better that if it was truly premeditated, however, when it came time for trial the prosecution, add this man working in the hotel room of his bitterest enemy with a loaded gun in his pocket. The consensus was, he was very lucky to get off with a ten year sentence for second degree. Murder me actually had a very good gig in prison. He was the the prison dentist. You headed office outside the walls or I should most importantly, he didn't have to work in the jute mill making burlap sacks like most of the other four guys did, the only part of the prison uniform. He had to wear, wear striped trousers, his patients who weren't on convicts he could collect fees from coming in San Quentin. He had it pretty good, but none the less. He just found an enormous Lee oppressive and was quoted as saying that he would,
Those who prefer to go to the gallows just be be locked up. In a cell for fifteen hours at a twenty, four shall fawn had a female admire on the outside fighting for his release by normal legal means, but it was alleged that she also try to get a prison through less than legal means. Someone slipped in some non stripe: trousers, railroad ticket some money in some pistols, bag, a laundry and he snuck out with the crowd of visitors, I'm taking about back back to the city and before they noticed he was gone. He was safely ensconced on a new top down trade. The only reason he was hot. He disguise Miss Allison whiskers, but he was I'm eating a peach while their crossing device.
I am the Jews from a peach loosen the gum holding his whiskers enough that rail detective spotted with this guy Lakota suspicious. He was detained in Nevada. You never made a password America, even though he got caught, ask keeping. It was later pardoned and only spent six years in prison when he got out later turned a San Francisco, It was a very successful dentist until they retired shortly before the earthquake, but it must have felt kind of weird making vulcanize ventures. In doing my research, I added I found a directory of professional men of San Francisco from the M eighty nineties and there's a half page in their unhappiness talks about his education, his experience in serving the civil war, but it makes absolutely no mention of
rubber, dentures, Josiah Bacon or the Vulcan I company, but this extreme case of anti patent role, which Lantos M or cold blooded murder of. However, you one of you, it did have an effect. The good your vote in a company stopped enforcing I've had apparently none other employees was really I'm willing to take a chance of being shot by Ganis and is also the implication that sir, this whole Densher Patten was kind of it. Josiah bakers, personal project, more than it was a major policy. The companies. In the patent lapsed in most of the world forgot about saying there shall fund, but the late nineteenth century, dental professional learn from their bitter experience in what take Since the vulcanize rubber patent reign of terror, they collectively position themselves so that they can no longer be milked by any profiteering patent holders
many years later, a similar scheme is put in a motion to try to collect royalties for gold crowns and the dead who association killed it easily without firing a single shot. Don't you ever invisible, was produced this week by me, roman market was based on a story by John more his fancy. Murderer can be fun at a great rate. Life changing fancied murderer can be fun. It's not a website paper. Ask your parents special thanks to plastics historian, Julie, Robinson. Yes, there is such things. Plastics historian and her aid is duly rapids. This problem is made possible with support from Luther making a difference with creativity, its authority,
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