Strauss received his first patent
entitled “Bridge” February 19, 1901 (filed
May 31, 1900) at the age of 31 and continued to receive
patents throughout his career, with the last one granted
December 10, 1935 (filed August 3, 1931) when he was
65 years old.
In all Strauss received an impressive
48 patents. They ranged in subject from bridges and
bascule construction to rail cars and air tram systems,
signals, window and door mechanisms, reconnoitering
apparatus, and motion picture apparatus. The titles
on the bibliography of patents themselves illustrate
Strauss’ wide range of invention.
The filed dates are included in the
Bibliography in order to learn when he actually prepared
the materials and to compare that with his timeline.
For example his second to last patent was filed just
five months (August 6, 1931) before he is claimed
to have “disappeared.” Clearly the stress
of events leading up to the beginning of actual Golden
Gate Bridge construction curtailed subsequent invention
After 1932 his inventive nature turned
more to writing, as evidenced by his poetry. See the
link to Other