Snow Guard Evolution During the Me Decade (1971-1980): Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous blog, the roofing industry of the late 1970’s was beginning to mimic that of the late 1800’s. Slate, tile and metal roofing (traditional or hard roofing materials) began a renaissance….what an interesting time this must have been. There were a handful of roofing companies who were still installing these traditional products and I think it’s safe to say that the READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Evolution During the Me Decade (1971-1980): Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series focusing on the 1970’s. It’s not that a whole lot was happening with snow guard evolution but a whole lot was happening in the roofing industry. First, it’s important to acknowledge, thank and share appreciation for the Vietnam war veterans. The social setting in the US was turned upside down, with young men (children of WWII era veterans READ THE REST….

1961-1970: Peace, Love and….Snow Guards?

The 1960’s. It sure was an interesting era for Americans. The era was dominated by Civil Rights protests, the Vietnam War, social unrest, the assassination of President Kennedy, peace, love and rock & roll.In the construction industry, from about the time of the depression up until this point, hard roofing and the recognized need for snow guards had been on the decline. There were undoubtedly snow READ THE REST….

Snow Guards in Post-War America (1951-1960)

For those of you who’ve been following this blog series, you’ll notice that there was very little going on in terms of snow guard technology and development during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Why is that? Early on in the 1950’s, the US economy really started to take off. Construction boomed (and, as evidenced by the Baby Boom, so did the population). WWII was in our rearview READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Evolution Through the War Years (1941-1950)

My searching hasn’t turned up much for the 1940’s era. The one patent I found through a reference from a more recent patent is #2243256. This patent applies to a formed metal shingle. Built into the face of the shingle are several raised bumps. These bumps were likely inserted to stiffen the product and minimize damage during transportation and handling. I’m actually a little surprised that READ THE REST….

Snow Guards and Depression-Era Construction

For those of us who were involved in the construction industry between 2008-2012, we had a taste of what the 1930’s may have been like. This was the era we sometimes still refer to as the “Tool Belt Recession”. Many projects that were pending when the bottom dropped out were never started. Projects that were underway cut as many details as they could from their budgets. READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Designs of the 1920’s

Ah, the Roaring Twenties. It must’ve been a fun time to be alive! The economy was booming, the country was growing, we weren’t involved in any military conflicts and it seemed that everyone was making money. In general, it was a really good time in US History. I’m told that there’s even still a speakeasy bar from the era somewhere in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, called The Safe READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Evolution from 1910 to the Roaring Twenties!

I’ve spent a good deal of time combing over old notes, documents, and patents, and I thought it appropriate to point out a concern about the credit given to Emri W. Clark in my previous blog. First, as with all patent claims and awards, the public assumes that the owner of the patent is truly the inventor. I mean, after all, the government has given the READ THE REST….