pipe cleaners

Pipe Cleaners. Circa 2001.

Unlike some  items in Obso land, these were not acquired with the intention of making Art. Their dream was much humbler — to be a xmas ornament.

pipe cleaners


pipe cleaners


John Harry Stedman invented the pipe cleaner in the early 1900s. He sold the patent to B.J. Long Company, which made him wealthy. A very modest item to gain fortune from.


Stedman also invented the streetcar transfer ticket in 1892.

Status: One more kick at the can for inventing an xmas decoration full of fun and wonder.

Kill-ratio: 28: 3/ 9:1

Alt-title: Untitled Object No. 266 For Cleaning Out Old Projects.

Alt-titles demystified here.