Improved Boot
Improved Boot
By William A. Deitz
Patent granted 1867
Ink and wash on paper
15 1/4" x 10 1/4"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office

Improved Boot Patent Drawing
Utility patents are issued to those who have invented a new machine, method, or material, or developed a new and useful improvement not known or used by others. The drawing shown here is part of the patent application of William A. Deitz, an African American inventor. The drawing shows his improved method for the construction of boots usually worn by women. Deitz moved the typical front or side boot opening around to the back. The small space between the two sides of the boot was covered by a soft leather tongue. The entire opening was then covered by a flap of leather which was extended around to the side of the boot and fastened with buttons. Deitz claimed this design made it easier to get the boot on and off the foot.

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