Samuel Leeds Allen
Born May 5, 1841 Ė November 26, 1918
Flexible Flyer Sled
Patent #: 408,681óSled
Samuel Allenís most famous invention was a device whose sole purpose rested in wintertime recreation: the Flexible Flyer Sled.
Determined to create a sled that would be easier to control, Allen settled upon a design that utilized a single pair of T-shaped runners in cross-section, which were flexible and allowed the rider to better control the sled. This sled was dubbed by Allen as the Flexible Flyer. Although Allenís original company would be sold to the Los Angeles-based Leisure Group in 1968, and further manufacture of the sled was entrusted to Blazon, Inc. in 1973, production of the Flexible Flyer sled continues to this day.
Allen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and sent at age eleven to a Quaker boarding school, graduating in 1859. Following his schooling, Allen moved to his fatherís farm in New Jersey to learn the techniques of farming, creating farming equipment from his own designs.