I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately in the Brass City, visiting and presenting my CT Invents program at various locations to adult groups. Waterbury has an amazingly inventive history. Historically the city always ranked in the top 5 Connecticut locations as far as numbers of inventions that were patented. In fact during the period of 1800-1890 Waterbury inventors were granted 1096 patents!
Given the upcoming Christmas holiday here is a Waterbury invention that might still grace a few Christmas trees somewhere. This is Harold Hettlinger’s patented Christmas Ornament from 1956: