Suiter Swantz IP takes a look back at past inventions and inventors with our Patent Of The Day.

On this day in 1905, William C. Benkert was granted U.S. Patent No. 786,783 for a SHOE TREE.

The object of this invention is to provide an inexpensive construction of shoe expander or tree adapted to hold the shoe in a stretched condition when not in use or for purposes of flattening the sole and removing creases from the upper, the said tree having  capacity of adjustment and ventilation.

In carrying out this invention a toe and instep portion or toe-piece are combined with a jointed heel-piece, the joint being of such nature that it acts to stretch and flatten the shoe.

In a preferred construction the toe and instep portion or toe-piece is connected with a toggle by an adjustable connection, desirably a screw-threaded stud screwing into a lug in the toe-piece and to which stud the toggle is jointed.

This invention also comprehends a construction of toe and instep portion or toe-piece which is provided with a perforation or perforations for the purpose of allowing free ventilation.

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