On this day in 1885, William C. Carter patented an umbrella stand. Carter, an African American inventor invention can be found under this number – U.S. patent #323,397.

umbrella_stand_web

Be it known that I, WILLIAM G. CARTER, of Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton and State of Ohio, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Umbrella-Stands, which improvement is fully set forth in the following specification and accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of my improved umbrella stand. Fig. 2 is aplan view, partly in section, of the holder.