Earmuffs Wire, Beaver Fur And Cloth

January 24, 2012 by staff 

Earmuffs Wire, Beaver Fur And Cloth, With the cold upon us, the chilling wind sways me to write about earmuffs. Don’t laugh. Do you even know how long they’ve been around keeping our little chillin’s ears warm? (pun intended) Since 1873 to be exact. So the story blows…. (pun intended) A man named Chester Greenwood’s ears got cold one windy, chilly, wintery day in Farmington, Maine. Being allergic to wool, this entrepreneur needed a way to keep his ears warm, so at age 15 he used wire, beaver fur, cloth, and pliers to create the first set of earmuffs. At age 19, his “earmuffs” were patented.

Although earmuffs are his celebrated claim to fame, yes complete with a dedicated day, parade, and a flag at the Franklin County Courthouse, he has other creations added to this list including the spring steel rake, wide-bottom kettle, doughnut hook, advertising matchbox, mechanical mousetrap, and folding bed…. just to name a few.

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