To celebrate Halloween, we took a look in our cartographic records at the National Archives to see if we could find any spooky records. We came across the following Utility Patent Drawings (NAID 305888) which certainly help to set the mood for the Halloween season.
A number of jack-o’-lantern designs came up in the patent drawings. You can see many different concepts for lanterns in the series.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without dressing up in costume. Take a look at some of design drawings for masks.
Perhaps the creepiest of all is this patent drawing for a special coffin which includes a “Device for Indicating Life in Buried Persons.”