Historic Innovators: 9 Great African-American Women Inventors

February 7, 2013  |  
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Built with a narrow wood board, a padded cover and collapsible legs, Sarah Boone’s ironing board rid Americans of the need to place a slab of wood across two chairs to iron wrinkles out of their clothes. Boone’s ironing board was patented on April 26, 1892. It would serve as a prototype for more advanced, modern ironing boards.

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