History of the Mousetrap James Henry Atkinson (special
thanks goes to Michael A Beaven for the research)
James Henry Atkinson was the British
inventor who in 1897 invented the prototype mousetrap the "Little Nipper".
The "Little Nipper" is the classic snapping mousetrap that we are all familiar
with that has the small flat wooden base, the spring trap, and the wire
fastenings. It slams shut in 38,000s of a second and that record has never
been beaten. This is the design that has prevailed until today and has
captured a sixty percent share of the UK's mousetrap market and probably
an equal share of the U.S. market. Atkinson sold his mousetrap patent in
1913 for 1,000 pounds to Procter,
the company that has been manufacturing the "Little Nipper" ever since,
and has even erected a 150-exhibit mousetrap museum in their factory headquarters.
Kness Ketch-All Multiple Catch Austin Kness had an idea for a better
mousetrap back in the 1920s, and he built one. The Kness Ketch-All Multiple
Catch mousetrap doesn't use bait. It catches mice alive and can catch several
before it needs to be reset.