It seems that Peter was trying to come up with a clever ride for an amusement park. I can only think that perhaps he was inspired by Salem Willows Park, in Salem, Massachusetts. Peter Hoogerzeil lived in Beverly, Massachusetts on Bartlett Street, just a short walk from the harbor. Across the water he would have been able to see Salem Willows. It was lit up at night, and featured fireworks. I'm sure that since he was obviously a creative man, he spent some time thinking of an invention he might be able to sell to an amusement park.
Don't you love the 1907 figures drawn on this ride? It was patented on 12 March 1907 under Number 847,002. These are the actual sketches given as part of his patent application. Peter Hoogerzeil died on 10 May 1908, just a little more than a year after his invention was patented. Several toys and some exercise equipment have used his patent, as you can see on a Google Patent search.
If you suspect that an ancestor might own a patent, you can search under www.google.com/patents by name or a patent number. There are more than 7 million US patents on this database, and the applications and technical drawings and sketches will come up in the results.
A modern version of the "Seesaw" ride
is the Pirate Ship at Canobie Lake Park, Windham, New Hampshire
Salem Willows Park website http://www.salemwillowspark.com/
More blog posts about Peter Hoogerzeil's inventions and patents
A wheelbarrow http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/01/peter-hoogerzeils-wheelbarrow.html
Several patents http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/08/not-so-wordless-wednesday-peter.html
Google Patents http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/01/perusing-google-patents.html
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