No. 55

From “Step-Over” to “Comb-Over”

As you may know, the European Football Championships are currently taking place in France and because of this we thought it would be fun to take a look at some interesting football patents.

HOWEVER, whilst searching for such stories we stumbled across a US patent, a “Method of concealing partial baldness.” which was much more amusing than the football patents, so the focus of this month’s HTM becomes “Comb-overs”. The tenuous football to hair link was made thanks to a picture of former England footballer, Bobby Charlton.

A “Method of concealing partial baldness,” is described as a method of styling your hair to cover any partial baldness on a person’s head using their own hair. Yes, you read that right the “comb-over” is a valid US patent! (US 4022227 A)

Abstract – “A method of styling hair to cover partial baldness using only the hair on a person’s head. The hair styling requires dividing a person’s hair into three sections and carefully folding one section over another.”

The patent was granted in 1977 to Frank and Donald Smith of Orlando, Florida. Pictures were supplied in the original application so in case you didn’t know what a comb-over is or what it looks like, this will give you an indication of what it looks like.

Will you be changing your hairstyle in the near future?