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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 10/24/2004 20:02:07 EDT
Subject: The Use of Portable Tree Stands, Side Arms & Other Pea Shooters

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Your mention of a deer stand reminds me of some patent drawings I discovered on one of my trips to the archives. Believe it or not this 1860 patent photograph was nearly the spittin' image of the scissor contraptions used be painters and other workers to raise themselves up under bridges and other hard to reach spots. I know these pieces of equipments would probably have been quite heavy fot the times but then so were telegraph battery wagons and ammunition limbers. The wheels on these lifts were small, like those of today, but fitting them with wagon wheels wouldn't have been out of the question.

If Federal CSO Myer hadn't had his run-in with Edwin Stanton, he may have been able to retain the balloon service and mayby employ a few of those portable crank-up signal patforms too. But we will never know.

Best Regards,
Walt
PS I think I would have at least attempted to bribe the deer hunter into letting me take care of his tree stand for the weekend. Then again, he may have been taking the thing down because one of your sharpshooters might have gotten to him with the money first ;)

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