Eugene Burkins, Inventor With a Vision

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Invention: Automatic Machine Gun PATENT #649,433, May 15, 1900 Meet Eugene Burkins, inventor of the “Burkins Automatic Machine-Gun.” Other than learning to read and write, Eugene never had much education and once worked as a...

Benjamin F. Thornton

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INVENTION: AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE MESSAGE RECORDERIf you have ever wondered who invented the telephone answering machine, wonder no more! Benjamin F. Thornton was the man! Benjamin lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the 1930’s, and he wanted people...

Granville T. Woods, "The Black Edison"

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“THE BLACK EDISON” INVENTION: Synchronous Multiplex Railway TelegraphGranville T. Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 23, 1856, and attended school until age 10. After that, he attended night classes so he could apprentice in...

Frederick McKinley Jones, A True Genius

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Frederick McKinley Jones is undisputably one of the most important African American inventors ever, holding more than 60 patents in a variety of fields before his death in 1961. Mr. Jones was born in Covington,...

Joseph Lee...Baking up a Storm!

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INVENTIONS: "The Automatic Bread Crumber" "The Bread-Making Machine" Joseph Lee was born in 1849, and lived most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts. His world was the food industry, and his glorious career in food service began...
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