From the January 10th 1915 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FOR sale outright, clever advertising novelty (patented), with dies complete; sells quickly; big profits; owner too far west to manufacturers: snap: sample free. Josephine Spielbauer. 71 Columbia st., Seattle, Wash.
In doing research into the Josephine Spielbauer patent not much information or history has been uncovered. I have since been in contact with a Spielbauer family member, and we are exchanging information. A most recent email set about yet another search, and the above classified ad came up.
So, Miss Josephine was selling her patent and dies as well to create the corkscrew/opener. Could it be the “samples” that she sent out, are the few pieces that exist within our respective collections?
Interesting also to note. The Spielbauer patent was awarded in November of 1914, by 1916 the state of Washington implemented prohibition (earlier than the rest of the country).
No more beer? Would production of corkscrews and openers cease as well?