When you think of an anti-theft device for your car, what image comes to mind? An alarm system, manual locks, electrical locks….. How about a Collapsible Driver? Before all our current technologies, people had to be very creative. Lemuel Bosco of Akron, Ohio was such a person.
The Bosco Collapsible Driver
In 1910, Bosco spent $5 (a fair amount of money back then) for an anti-theft device that was supposed to lock the ignition switch of his car. It failed, when a thief broke it off and took Bosco’s car for a ride.
The car was found undamaged. Bosco was irate and determined that it would not happen again. The Bosco Collapsible Driver was invented. When inflated, it looked like Charlie Chaplin, with the mustache and derby hat details! When not in use, the Collapsible Driver was deflated and stored under the seat.
The Bosco inflatable lasted two years as an auto accessory. Imagine that! Other accessories that were more practical and convenient became popular instead.
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