January 13 Patent of the Day

On January 13, 1943, Henry Ford was granted U.S. Patent Nos. 2,269,451 and 2,269,452 on the construction of a plastic automobile.


Ford hoped to make automobiles from renewable agricultural plastic panels of soybean and hemp, developed by George Washington Carver.  World War II brought automobile production to a halt, and after the war interest in the car waned.