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Art, Gizmos and Patents







Through the generations, there seems to have been a creative thread flowing through the Leebrick family. Virginia Hartzell Leebrick is certainly a good example of that. Over the years she has created hundreds of works of art, mostly in pastel, but a few in other mediums. Her work is found in many High Plains homes, as well as in banks, libraries, museums and church organizations. We are trying to collect photos of all her work. If you own a piece of her artwork, and would like to submit a photo of it to include in these pages, we'd be happy to add it.

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This item was given to me by a Leebrick relative. What do you think it is? It is about 5 inches long when fully extended, as shown here. It has a simple hook on one end of the arm. The sheath that it folds into has the following words engraved into it:

LEEBRICK
1535 W. MADISON ST.
CHICAGO

Click least here for a larger view. Make an entry in the guestbook if you think you know what it might be!

The earliest Liebrich/Liebrick to whom a patent was issued, seems to be Conrad Liebrich of Philadelphia. On May 2, 1854, he was awarded patent # 10862 for a trunk lock. Recently a trunk having this lock was auctioned on eBay. One of the features of this lock is that it pops out when it is released. Virtually every suitcase has that feature now. He invented a number of other things, including a padlock and a children's toy.

Begining in January 1965 and extending into the early '70s, a chemist, John R. Leebrick, patented dozens of organometallic chemicals. Some of them were biologically active, and were useful in retarding the growth of various kinds of bacteria and fungus. As a result of his creativeness, John was listed in the ......

I have been awarded two patents as a result of my work in the semiconductor field. Unlike Conrad and John, neither of my patents have found commercial success as yet.

If you are aware of any other Leebrick/Liebrich inventors, please drop me an email and I will be glad to add them to this list.

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