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Tue, 04.26.1892

The Ironing Board is Patented by a Black Woman

Patent (copy)

*Sarah Boone received a patent on this date 1892 for an appliance that would help to neatly iron clothing.

This device, the forerunner to our modern ironing board was made of a narrow wooden board, with collapsible legs and a padded cover and was specifically designed for the fitted clothing worn during that time period.

Prior to her inventions, people were forced to resort to simply using a table or being creative in laying a plank of wood across two chairs or small tables. The registration filing was U.S. Patent #473,653 on December 30, 1887.


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