In a 1911 issue of Everybody’s Magazine an advertisement for agents reads as follows:
AGENTS, EITHER SEX, AND STREET MEN make big money selling Sure Pull cork extractors, 3 bottle openers in one, not sold in stores. Write to-day. The Toan Mfg. Company, 1206 First St. Dept. E., Jackson, Michigan
Whenever I see an advertisement like this, I am a little inrigued. Who is Toan Mfg. and what is their Sure Pull cork extractor? With a quick search, I found Toan and his patent.
And, Toan’s patent decription explains:
“A cork extractor comprising a blade of elliptical form in cross section presenting opposite convex faces and having its lower end tapered correspondingly from opposite sides to provide an introducing point, said blade being of uniform width above said introducing point and provided with opposite parallel unbroken or continuous longitudinal sharpened edges extending to the introducing point, laterally extending shoulders formed upon the sides of the blade at the juncture of the introducing point with the lower ends of the sharpened edges, and extending outward beyond said point and edges, and a handle at the upper end of the blade.”
I think we need to find one, and try it out!
If they were advertising for agents, surely this was produced.
Does anyone have one?