Eighteen Dollars for Her Patent: Ellen Elgin and the Story of the Clothes-WringerBy: Rebecca Tapscotton February 22, 2021 at 12:15 pm Publication: IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

In August 1888, Ellen Elgin, a black woman housekeeper, invented a clothes wringer which allowed clothing to be washed and dried faster by feeding clothes through two rollers to wring out the clothing, thereby making them easier to hang and dry. Elgin sold her patent to a white person because she fe  Read More>>

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