Nose Flute Pioneers: Charles M. Berry
This notice about Charles M. Berry will be short. Indeed, there were so many homonyms that it is very difficult to distinguish what archive is appropriate or not to the right person. I prefered to expose only those I can ascertain as being proper to "our" Charles Berry.
We know Charles M. Berry through the patent US 2,197,993, filed for the « Vocamonica » Mar. 19, 1938, and registered Apr. 23, 1940. As stated in the patent description, Berry was living then in Inglewood (South/West of Los Angeles), California.
Charles M. Berry was born in Indiana Feb. 15, 1864. What he did during his 50 first years is a mystery, but it seems that Charles became an engineer and an inventor specialized in airplane parts.
In 1915, Berry filed a patent for a propeller (US 1,228,874, fil. Jul. 31, 1915 and reg. Jun. 5, 1917) that is supposed not to be affectable by climate changes (contrarywise to wooden ones). The Berry propeller is made of metal sheet shaped in a manual mould, then coated with carbon.
Charles is married with Pearl A., 50, born in NY. Plase notice that their neighbours are the McDowells, and that John A. is "Mechanical engineer", working in the "patents" business... Are Berry and McDowell associated in some way?
In 1938, Berry, 74, patented the Vocamonica. It's a nose flute with a movable blade in the labium, in order to set the instrument tonality.
Two years earlier, Oscar Cobia had filed a patent for a nose flute with a set of exchangeable labiums, but the Berry's patent is the first, as far as I know, to propose a variable fipple. Berry names it a toner gate.
A detail is very interesting in this patent:
Yes! Berry's attorney is his own neighbour John McDowell!
Indeed, in the 1940 census sheet, McDowell occupation has changed from "Mechanical engineer/patents" to "Patent attorney/law".
In 1940, Berry is apparently retired (he's 76) and both him and John McDowell, only 44 though, are widowed.
Charles M. Berry died Jun. 6, 1959, at the age of 95.
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- Nose Flute Pioneers: William G. Carter - Part III
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- Nose Flute Pioneers: Ernest W. Davis - Part II
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- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part II
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part III
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part IV
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part V
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