Don’t Settle For What Has Already Been Invented

Can you think of how to make an invention work better for you?
In 1892, while Sarah Boone was struggling to iron the narrow and intricate sleeves and bodies of dress shirts, she recognized the need for improvement of the ironing board. She designed a narrow and curved board that matched the size and fit of a sleeve and was reversible so both sides of a sleeve could be done without having to reposition the sleeve. On April 26, 1892, she patented an improved ironing board, making her one of the first African-American women to receive a U.S. patent.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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