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Have you ever eaten a potato chip?

Have you ever stopped at a stop light?

Ever wear a pair of shoes?

Have you or anyone you've known had open heart surgery?

Ever ride on a train?

George Crum
A chef at the Cary Moon’s Lake House in Lake Saratoga, New York Mr. Crum was annoyed at a customer who complained that his French Fries were too thick. Crum sliced some potato's real thin, fried them and added salt. His attempt at what I'd have to call cooking sarcasm ended up being a huge hit. The potato chip was born in 1853.
Garrett Morgan
One day he witnessed a traffic accident when an automobile collided with a horse and carriage. The driver of the automobile was knocked unconscious and the horse had to be destroyed. He set out to develop a means of automatically directing traffic without the need of a policeman or worker present. In 1923 he patented an automatic traffic signal which he said could be “operated for directing the flow of traffic” and providing a clear and unambiguous “visible indicator.”

Satisfied with his efforts, Morgan sold the rights to his device to the General Electric Company for the astounding sum of $40,000.00 and it became the standard across the country. Today’s modern traffic lights are based upon Morgan’s original design.

Oh, and Morgan also invented the gas mask.

Jan Matzeliger
Mr. Matzeliger invented the machine that sews the top of a shoe to the sole. The process is called "lasting" and was previously done by hand. A good Laster could sew 50 shoes together a day. Matzeliger's machine was able to sew 700 a day. This brought the price of shoes down to a level that everyone could afford them. Mr. Matzeliger was issued a patent for his "Lasting Machine" in 1883.
Daniel Hale Williams
On July 9, 1893, a young man named James Cornish was injured in a bar fight, stabbed in the chest with a knife. By the time he was transported to Provident Hospital he was seeking closer and closer to death, having lost a great deal of blood and having gone into shock. Williams was faced with the choice of opening the man’s chest and possibly operating internally when that was almost unheard of in that day in age. Internal operations were unheard of because any entrance into the chest or abdomen of a patient would almost surely bring with it resulting infection and therefore death. Williams made the decision to operate and opened the man’s chest. He saw the damage to the man’s pericardium (sac surrounding the heart) and sutured it, then applied antiseptic procedures before closing his chest. Fifty one days later, James Cornish walked out of Provident Hospital completely recovered and would go on to live for another fifty years.

Williams is known as the first person to perform an open heart surgery, it is actually more noteworthy that he was the first surgeon to open the chest cavity successfully without the patient dying of infection. His procedures would therefore be used as standards for future internal surgeries.

Andrew Beard
During manual coupling, a worker would have to attempt to precisely time the moment when two railroad cars being pushed together would be close enough for that worker to drop a metal pin between their connectors, thus engaging the cars. If the worker was off by one second he might severe damage his arm or leg – many in fact had to undergo amputation.

On November 27, 1897 Beard received a patent for a device he called the Jenny Coupler. Andrew Beard’s Jenny Coupler. The Jenny Coupler automatically joined cars by simply allowing them to bump into each other, or as Beard described it the “horizontal jaws engage each other to connect the cars.” Beard sold the rights to his invention for $50,000.00 and the railroad industry was revolutionized.

You can read more about these great inventors and learn about other inventors that have impacted our daily lives in a positive way at: The Black Inventor Online Museum.


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