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Tue, 11.15.1898

A Black Woman Patents a Hair Brush

blueprint patent (copy)

On this date in 1898, Lyda D. Newman, a Black woman from New York City acquired a patent for the hair brush.

Newman’s invention permitted easy cleaning by having a detachable unit which carried the brush and bristles. The patent number was 614,335.

Reference:

USPO.gov

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Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators
By James Michael Brodie
Copyright 1993, by Bill Adler Books, Inc.
William Morrow and Co. Inc., New York
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

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