The first shoe lasting machine patented

Tue, 1883-03-20

*On this date in 1883, an African American inventor patented the first shoe lasting machine.

Jan Matzeliger from Dutch Guiana revolutionized the shoe industry with his invention, patent #274,207.

1001 things everyone should know about African American History
by Jeffery C. Stewart,
Copyright 1996, DoubleDay
ISBN 0-385-47309-5

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