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Tue, 02.05.1884

A Black Inventor Patents a Mechanical Eggbeater

Eggbeater (blueprint)

*On this date in 1884, a Black inventor patented a mechanical eggbeater.  African American, Willis Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, patented the device (U.S. pat# 292,821).  Johnson's eggbeater was an improvement over an earlier model and was intended for mixing many more ingredients than just eggs.  He had designed his invention and mixer for eggs, batter, and other baker's ingredients with the double-acting machine with two chambers.

The batter could be beaten in one section and eggs could be beaten in another, or one section could be cleaned while the other could continue beating.  This insured a rapid revolution to the driving wheel. Anyone who's ever made a cake from scratch knows how much mixing is involved. In the days before electric mixers, cooks and bakers had to blend all ingredients by hand an arm-wearying chore! 

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This world is one great battlefield With forces all arrayed, If in my heart I do not yield I’ll overcome some day. I’ll overcome some day, I’ll overcome some day, If in my heart I... I Know the Lord Will Make a Way by Charles Albert Tindley.
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