Mercedes-Benz announced that it is honored to have the Benz Patent of 1886 selected for inclusion into the Memory of the World Register. Memory of the World is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization that seeks to preserve documents of historical significance. A few examples in the register include the Magna Carta, Tolstoy’s personal manuscripts and The Wizard of Oz.
Here is an excerpt from the Memory of the World Register:
Documentary heritage submitted by Germany and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.
(Photo copyright © Daimler AG Benz-Patent of 1886)
The patent for a “Vehicle with gas engine operation”, which Carl Benz submitted in 1886, is of worldwide significance and documents the beginning of the emergence of individual mobilization in industrialized countries and its spread throughout the world. There are also a number of rare contextualizing historical documents in the company archive of Daimler AG from the time of the first series production in 1888 and the market introduction of the gasoline automobile documents, which together with the patent, bear witness, in a unique and irreplaceable way, to the origin of today’s “automobile society.”