Black woman patents Hair Brush

blueprint patent (copy)
Tue, 1898-11-15

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
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

Global Black Inventors