The National Archives Released A Free Coloring Book Of Weird Patents

You can download it now online

Patent For A Robot Ride

Patent For A Robot Ride

The National Archives

The National Archives of the United States just released a coloring book full of strange patents. It's all available now as a free PDF, and it's 17 glorious pages of sheer inventive weirdness. The patents range for chicken goggles to a hat that automatically salutes to the landing craft used in D-Day. It's an utter delight.

Why the coloring book? Coloring books for adults are having something of a cultural moment not seen since the sarirical coloring books of the 1960s, with the task heralded for its mindfulness and derided as something merely for children.

It's also totally okay when they're made for children. this Disney prototype for an augmented reality coloring book is stunning, and I imagine kids and adults alike can both enjoy finding the exact right colors for G. L. Witsil's 1881 patented "sandwich bread" illustration.

From the blog of The National Archives:

In celebration of the New York Academy of Medicine’s #ColorOurCollections campaign this week, many museums, libraries, and archives hopped on the adult coloring bandwagon and created coloring books to share on Twitter. We’ve been participating by posting various images throughout the week for people to color, from Rosie the Riveter to the Faulkner murals.

If the 17 pages of patented weirdness isn't enough, the National Archives encourages people to browse through their collection of patent images for the best ones. Find anything good? Tweet it with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections, and feel free to share it with @PopSci too!