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Working Americans Vol. 11: Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Table of Contents

Dedication



Table of Contents



Preface



Introduction



Acknowledgments



1880-1899 Introduction



1882 News Feature: Developments in Oil



1885 Profile: Buck Blanchard, Traveling Book Salesman



Historical Snapshot 1885



1885 Innovations



1886 Profile: Jan Matzeliger, Revolutionized the Shoe Making Industry



Historical Snapshot 1886



1886 Innovations



1895 Profile: James “Jake” Ritty, Invented the Cash Register



Historical Snapshot 1895



1900-1909 Introduction



1900 Profile: Marguerite Globman, Attempted to Invent Streetcar Fender



Historical Snapshot 1900



1905 News Feature: An Antitoxin for Laziness



1907 Profile: Milton S. Hershey, Created Hershey’s Chocolate



Historical Snapshot 1907



Chocolate Timeline



1908 Profile: Henry Wood, Improved Sales Through Mail-Order Seed Catalog



Historical Snapshot 1908



1910-1919 Introduction



1911 Profile: James Murray Spangler, Invented Upright Vacuum Cleaner



Historical Snapshot 1911



Vacuum Cleaner Timeline



Domestic Labor-Saving Invention Timeline



1913 News Feature: Harnessing Heredity



1917 Profile: Grace Wiederseim, Created the Campbell’s Kids



Historical Snapshot 1917



Commercial Canning Timeline



Food and Food Brand Timeline



1919 Profile: Madam C.J. Walker, Founded Successful Hair Care Business



Historical Snapshot 1919



1920 – 1929 Introduction



1921 News Feature: Using the Vacuum Tube to Hear



1923 Profile: Allan Kusse, Harvested, Shaped and Distributed Ice



Historical Snapshot 1923



Refrigeration Timeline



1926 Profile: Gideon Sundback, Revolutionized the Zipper



Historical Snapshot 1926



1928 Profile: Joseph Ridgeway, Stock Pool Manager on Wall Street



Historical Snapshot 1928



1930 – 1939 Introduction



1931 Profile: George Mecherle, Established State Farm



Historical Snapshot 1931



1934 News Feature: Off the Record: Snuff



1935 Profile: Donald Davis, Created Innovative Wheaties Ad Campaign



Historical Snapshot 1935



Radio Timeline



General Mills Timeline



1939 Profile: Herbert Thomas Kalmus, Invented Technicolor



Historical Snapshot 1939



Photographic Film Timeline



1940 – 1949 Introduction



1940 Profile: William J. Woods, Made Electric Light Affordable



Historical Snapshot 1940



Electric Light Bulb Timeline



1945 Profile: Lt. (Dr.) Mary Sears, Overcame Prejudices In the U.S. Navy



Historical Snapshot 1945



1945 News Feature: Something New and Strange In Plastics



1947 Profile: Percy Lebraon Spencer, Invented the Microwave



Historical Snapshot 1947



1950 – 1959 Introduction



1954 Profile: Edwin Howard Armstrong, Father of FM Radio



Historical Snapshot 1954



New York City in 1954



1954 News Feature: Large Electronic Machines



1955 Profile: Jack Simplot, Created A Fortune From French Fries



Historical Snapshot 1955



1959 Profile: Jack Kilby, Revolutionized the Electronics Industry



Historical Snapshot 1959



Notable Inventions of the 1950s



1960 – 1969 Introduction



1960 News Feature: Coca-Cola Broadens Its Coverage



1965 Profile: Norton Simon, Created Multimillion Dollar Hunt's Empire



Historical Snapshot 1965



1967 Profile: Dr. Harry Coover, Helped Discover Super Glue



Historical Snapshot 1967



Notable Inventions of the 1960s



1969 Profile: Benjamin Eisenstadt, Inventor of Sweet-N-Low



Historical Snapshot 1969



1970-1979 Introduction



1975 Profile: Roy and Dotty Eargle, Created Successful Antique Business



Historical Snapshot 1975



1976 Profile: Bette Nesmith Graham, Invented Liquid Paper



Historical Snapshot 1976



History of Office Equipment



1977 News Feature: First Color Telecast



1979 Profile: Hank Selman, Pioneered Computer Leasing



Historical Snapshot 1979



Notable Inventions of the 1970s



1980-1989 Introduction



1984 Profile: Stephen Hassenfeld, Fine Tuned Hasbro’s GI Joe



Historical Snapshot 1984



Notable American Toy Timeline



1986 Profile: James Kennedy Jarrett, Super Accurate Rifle Guru



Historical Snapshot 1986



Savannah River Nuclear Facility Timeline



1987 News Feature: Kidcorder: Sold as a Toy



1989 Profile: Bill Reindollar, Created Cash Register Repair Service



Historical Snapshot 1989



Business Machines Timeline



1990-1999 Introduction



1994 Profile: Marie Moffett, Visionary of Hydrogen Fuel Cells



Historical Snapshot 1994



1995 Profile: Jerry D. Neal, Vanguard in Emerging Cell Phone Market



Historical Snapshot 1995



Cell Phones and Wireless Communications Timeline



1996 Profile: Maurice Jennings, Launched the Biscuitville Restaurant Chain



Historical Snapshot 1996



Fast Food and Chain Restaurant Timeline



1998 News Feature: Toying With Science



2000-2010 Introduction



2008 Profile: Rey Banatao, Created A Greener Surfboard



Historical Snapshot 2008



2009 Profile: William Thomas Davis, Launched Thomas Creek Brewery as Retiree



Historical Snapshot 2009



2010 Profile: Gorm Bressner, Industrial Designer With Many Patents



Historical Snapshot 2010



2010 News Feature: 3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution



Credits