Meet Sarah Boone; Inventor Of The Ironing Board
This post is the ninth in an Industry Leader spotlight series highlighting 28 Black inventors and their inventions. In an effort to bring more awareness to historically underrepresented pioneers who have made significant contributions in the world, The Industry Leader is publishing its research to educate and inspire readers just like you. So now, let’s meet Sarah Boone; Inventor Of The Ironing Board.
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Sarah Boone was an African American inventor who is most commonly known for her invention of the modern ironing board in 1892. She was born in May 1832 and lived much of her life in North Carolina. She had limited formal education, which made her invention even more remarkable.
Boone applied for a patent for the ironing board in April 1892, and it was granted in November of that same year. The patented design included a neck and shoulder support, a tailoring feature that allowed for curved shapes to be ironed, along with various adjustable features. It was designed to be collapsible for easy storage. The invention was a revolution for households and quickly caught on.
The modern ironing board made life easier for women who performed the task of laundering in the home. It could be used to press linens, collars, and other apparel quickly and with consistent results. This greatly sped up the process of laundering and allowed clothing to look crisp and professional. The invention of Sarah Boone set the standard for laundry care and has been adopted as a household necessity around the world.
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