The Monterey New Era
Thursday, April 28, 1892
And on the other side.
October 22, 1892
Looks like my great grandfather, Abraham Gunzendorfer was an inventor! I’ve written about his younger brother, Jacob Gunzendorfer, and his amusement apparatus invention here – looks like big brother Abe might have taught him a thing or two.
So, of course, I had to see if Abe’s cash carrier was ever patented and it looks like it was.
The collected works of Sir Humphry Davy…Discourses delivered before the Royal society. Elements of agricultural chemistry, pt. 1 (Volume 7)
Editor: John Davy Publisher: Smith, Elder and Company, 1893
It’s hard to read but it was patented on November 15, 1892 and is patent number 486250. So of course I searched more and found the patent.
|US 486250 A|
Filing Date May 25, 1892
Publication date November 15, 1892
Inventor Abe B. Gunzendorfer
To all it may concern
Be it known that I, ABE B. GUNZENDORFER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Monterey, Monterey county, State of California, have invented an improvement in Cash-Carriers, and I hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same.
My invention relates to that class of cash carriers in which the car is propelled from one end of the track to the other by means of a sudden force applied at either end.
My invention consists in the novel construction, combination, and arrangement of parts hereinafter fully described, and specifically point out in the claims.
The objects of my invention are to provide simple and effective means for receiving and locking the car at the end of the line, releasing and immediately projecting it on its travel, regulating the power of the propelling device, adjusting the track to any suitable inclination, and locking and releasing the cashbox in the casing.
And it goes on to get more and more technical but since my brain doesn’t work that way, I started drifting off even though this was my GREAT-GRANDFATHER!
And then I looked on Wikipedia for a brief description and found that “cash carriers were used in shops and department stores to carry customers' payments from the sales assistant to the cashier and to carry the change and receipt back again.”
Okay, that makes sense since Abe’s father, Ferdinand Gunzendorfer, owned a store in Monterey called The White House which I’ve written about here. Could they have taken in that much cash in the early 1890’s to need a cash carrier?
So I checked out some photos I have of the interior of the store and don’t see anything like that.
And for good measure (and because I love this photo), here’s Ferdinand in front of the store. Nope, nothing there.
So while I don’t see anything to show that they ever used Abe’s cash carrier in the store, it’s pretty cool to think that he invented it. I’m thinking Abe Gunzendorfer was a smarty pants!