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blueprint patent (copy)
On this date in 1898, Lydia O. Newman, an African American of 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.
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