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Artist's Biography

Cyrus McCormick Inventing the Mouse Trap.

Lithograph, undated.
Image size 9 x 4 7/8" (22.9 x 12.4 cm).
Very good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 69111
Price: $175.00
Publisher :
Cyrus McCormick (1809-1884) was a blacksmith and inventor from the U.S. state of Virginia. His most famous invention, the mechanical reaper, helped revolutionize the agricultural industry in the United States.

In this lithograph McCormick inventing a "mousetrap" is likely based on an old saying, not the actual invention. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a philosopher and lecturer, is attributed to the famous saying, "build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." In short, if you could build a better machine or produce better goods than anyone else, people will find you, no matter where you are, to buy your products. McCormick was in a race with several other inventors at the time, including John H. Manny, whom McCormick sued for copyright infringement and lost, to build the better “mousetrap” reaper.

Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "For Will Barnet."
20th Century Subjects , Trades & Industries , Miscellaneous