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Al Foss
Cleveland, Ohio

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Al Foss & True Temper Patents

Al Foss designed and patented many inventions related to telephones and fishing tackle. Most of these inventions were actually manufactured and sold by the telephone and fishing lure companies that he operated. Al Foss' creativity and technical expertise are easily seen in the designs illustrated below. Other patents shown on this page are for inventions by people other than Foss who assigned their patents to Al Foss, American Fork & Hoe Company, or True Temper.

Patents are listed in order by the date on which the patent application was filed. Patents were often approved months, or even years, after they were submitted.

Full size copies of the patents shown below can be downloaded for free from the U.S. Patent Office web site or from Google Patents.

  Al Foss Telephone Patents  
Al Foss designed and patented several slot machine devices for receiving telephone tolls. All of these patents were assigned to American Toll Telephone Company of Cleveland, Ohio, of which he was President.

Patent #
Application Date
Patent Description
655,772
02-26-1900
Telephone Toll Apparatus
D33,593
06-22-1900
Case For Slot Telephones
661,578
07-26-1900
Toll Collecting Device For Telephones
672,035
09-17-1900
Toll Collecting Device For Telephones
687,007
02-18-1901
Telephone Call Registering Machine
687,008
03-25-1901
Toll Collecting Device For Telephones

Al Foss Telephony Patent
Patent 655,772
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Telephony Patent
Patent D33,593

W.A. Foss
Al Foss Telephony Patent
Patent 661,578
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Telephony Patent
Patent 672,035
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Telephony Patent
Patent 687,007
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Telephony Patent
Patent 687,008
W.A. Foss

  Al Foss Fishing Lure Patents  
Al Foss patented a half dozen fishing lure designs. All of these designs were either manufactured as Al Foss Pork Rind Minnows or as an improvement to his existing lures.

Patent #
Application Date
Patent Description
1,264,626
12-29-1915
Little Egypt
1,264,627
04-22-1916
Oriental Wiggler
1,265,900
07-31-1916

Blade & Attachment Method For Pork Strip

1,440,869
10-06-1919
Shimmy Wiggler
1,582,171
06-22-1923
Jazz Wiggler
1,709,010
08-04-1926
Frog Wiggler

Al Foss Fishing Lure Patent
Patent 1,264,626
W.A.Foss
Al Foss Fishing Lure Patent
Patent 1,264,627
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Lure Patent
Patent 1,265,900
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Lure Patent
Patent 1,440,869
W.A. Foss
Al foss Fishing Lure Patent
Patent 1,582,171
W.A. Foss
Al foss fishing Lure Patent
Patent 1,709,010
W.A. Foss

  Al Foss Miscellaneous Fishing Patents  
Al Foss received patents for several miscellaneous fishing related items, including a device used to test fishing lures, a specialty hook used on some Al Foss Pork Rind Baits, and a fishing rod handle. The patent for the fishing rod handle was assigned to American Fork & Hoe Company.

Patent #
Application Date
Patent Description
1,234,323
01-10-1917
Fish Lure Demonstrating Apparatus
1,420,422
11-05-1920
Specialty Spreader Hook
1,916,924
11-07-1929
Fishing Rod Handle

Al Foss Fishing Tackle Patent
Patent 1,234,323
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Tackle Patent
Patent 1,420,422
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Tackle Patent
Patent 1,916,924
W.A. Foss

  Al Foss Fishing Reel Patents  
Al Foss received four patents related to fishing reels. One was for a reel thumbing device and the others were for various improvements related to fishing reels. The last two patents listed were assigned by Foss to American Fork & Hoe Company.

Patent #
Application Date
Patent Description
1,495,296
09-30-1922
Thumbing Device For Fishing Reels
1,568,149
12-10-1923
Fishing Reel
1,744,461
12-10-1923
Fishing Reel
1,811,266
12-10-1923
Fishing Reel

Al Foss Fishing Reel Patent
Patent 1,495,296
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Reel Patent
Patent 1,568,149
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Reel Patent
Patent 1,744,461
W.A. Foss
Al Foss Fishing Reel Patent
Patent 1,811,266
W.A. Foss

  Fishing Lure & Tackle Patents Assigned to Al Foss or American Fork & Hoe Company  
Some Al Foss and True Temper lures or parts were designed and patented by company employees. Others were patented by people from outside the company who assigned their patent rights. All of the patents shown here were assigned to either Al Foss, American Fork & Hoe Company, or True Temper.

Patent #
Patentee
Application Date
Patent Description
1,666,072
Charles Schlipp
08-17-1927
Ponca Style Spinner Blade
1,855,365
Charles Schlipp
08-20-1929
Improved Spinner Blade
1,832,036
Charles Schlipp
08-20-1929
Sunny Bucktail / Dixie Wiggler
1,925,197
William C. Maynard
10-26-1932
Super Lure
2,032,819
Louis Tengel
03-06-1933
Minnie The Moocher
1,986,738
Merlin Mitchell
12-15-1933
Sheik
1,977,003
William C. Maynard
12-27-1933
Super Lure
2,021,796
Ernest Liotta
12-12-1934
Fan Dancer
2,218,259
William R. Finucan
12-18-1937
Flitter Fly
2,319,026
Louis D. Adam
08-22-1940
Hell Cat Lure with Doc Style Spinner
2,295,375
Louis D. Adam
06-10-1941
Weed Guard
D131,135
Louis D. Adam
06-28-1941
Bass Pop and Pork Frog Chunk
2,307,478
Louis D. Adam
07-26-1941
Jerry Lure with Ponca Unbalanced Spinner
2,319,096
Conrad Wood
09-23-1941
True Temper Crippled Shad & Speed Shad
2,344,580
Conrad Wood
08-13-1942
Not Manufactured by True Temper
2,382,595
Conrad Wood
08-13-1942
Not Manufactured by True Temper

Charles Schlipp Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 1,666,072
Charles Schlipp
Charles Schlipp Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 1,855,365
Charles Schlipp
Charles Schlipp Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 1,832,036
Charles Schlipp
William Maynard Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 1,925,197
William C. Maynard
Louis Tengel Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 2,032,819
Louis Tengel
Merlin Mitchell Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 1,986,738
Merlin Mitchell
William Maynard Fishing Lure Patent Asssigned to Al Foss
Patent 1,977,003
William C. Maynard
Ernest Liotta Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 2,021,796
Ernest Liotta
William R. Finucan Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to Al Foss
Patent 2,218,259
William R. Finucan
Louis D. Adam Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 2,319,026
Louis D. Adam
Louis D. Adam Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 2,295,375
Louis D. Adam
Louis D. Adam Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent D131,135
Louis D. Adam
Louis D. Adam Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 2,307,478
Louis D. Adam
Conrad Wood Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 2,319,096
Conrad Wood
Conrad Wood Fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 2,344,580
Conrad Wood
Conrad Wood fishing Lure Patent Assigned to True Temper
Patent 2,382,595
Conrad Wood

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