This Day in History 1

Last Update: December 04, 2020

December 4, 1858

The Story

Inventor Chester Greenwood was born in Farmington, Maine. At 15 he had an idea to help people keep their ears warm while ice skating or just going about their business outside in the winter: earmuffs. You see, he was allergic to the wool scarves that people wrapped around their heads back then to keep warm, so he invented a solution.

He designed and patented the original earmuffs (patent # 188,292) on Mar 13, 1877). The teenage entrepreneur asked his grandma to sew pieces of fur between loops of wire and thus a whole industry was born.

Ten years or so later his patented Greenwood Champion Ear Protectors factory had 11 workers and made 50,000 pairs of muffs a year. His invention and factory provided jobs to his hometown for nearly 60 years and produced 400,000 pairs a year by the time of his passing on July 5, 1937.

To this day the state of Maine, USA celebrates every year on winter solstice, December 21st, the Chester Greenwood Day.



Chester Greenwood

Patent for Chester Greenwood's Earmuffs
U.S. Patent No. 188,292 - Chester Greenwood - 13 March 1877



Take Home Message

  • Observe around you and identify a need
  • Take action, plan a strategy, ask people that are already successful at what you're trying to do for input. If nobody is around to mentor you, seek one or read a biography of someone you admire in that field.
  • Work with local sources if possible for materials and labor
  • Encourage young people to think outside the box and bring their own ideas and energy to solve problems around them. Support them and guide them.
  • If Greenwood was here he would probably be online selling his stuff on greenwoodchampionearprotectors.com
  • Scale your business globally by offering a product that is needed, of high quality and a reasonable price point.

Thank you for reading my post. If you have any comments, please drop me a line

Luz

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Mick-D Premium
Refreshing to read this post Luz. I have a brother who invents things.
Some turn out well, others flop, and, as is often the case with these guys he has had riches and lost them.
He has had fun along the way I guess.
While most of us were rising early to get get to our day jobs he was coaching Women's Rugby Union teams in Europe while trying to start a Rugby League franchise in Soccer mad Eastern Europe.
Square pegs in round holes.
He still gets royalties from some inventions that have done well.

Michael.
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coqui49519 Premium
Oh wow, Michael, how cool! I’m so blessed this blog brightened up your day a tad :-)

Women’s Rugby, really? Wiiiiiiiicked lol lol Eastern Europe, how rad is that. You see, your brother is the type of person I would love to sit down with a cup of coffee and just LISTEN to his stories from dusk til dawn haha

We are unique individuals and I love what Sir Ken Robinson has done with his Ted talks on our educational systems killing creativity in young people. Not everyone can be an accountant or engineer, we need the artists and musicians and inventors that shake up the world!!!!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. Peace.

Luz
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Luz,

That is a great story and a super invention that stands the passing of time. Here in the south there is no need for ear warmers, but in many places in the world there will be millions of people very grateful for this. I hope you are keeping well.

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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coqui49519 Premium
Hi Taetske!

Thanks for your kind words :-) I live in Michigan so warm clothing is a must. I wondered aloud while writing this blog “how many people’s ears did this guy save over the years?” An odd thought but those are the kinds of things that occur to me lol

I’m glad you enjoyed reading it and that’s really my main focus, to inform and entertain, perhaps both at the same time.

Stay warm in the south of Spain. Enjoy your weekend. Peace.

Luz Ángeles
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Eugene Premium Plus
Well Luz, I'll have to call you now the "Nugget Lady". This was a very interesting and enjoyable post. We learn new things every day and that's what I like from this community.
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coqui49519 Premium
Thank you, Eugene!

The quirky and odd in science and history intrigue me so I will be posting a series of those weekly. One of my goals for 2021 is to write more consistently and add some enjoyment and entertainment to my WAmily :-)

Enjoy a beautiful weekend, nugget mannnnnnnnnnn (sorry, channeling my Elton lol)

Luz
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LMH1968 Premium Plus
Great share my friend. I learned something new today. Lisa.
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coqui49519 Premium
Thanks Lisa!

I know it was not the cure for cancer lol but this guy as a teenager invented something that brought jobs to his community, how cool is that :-)

I'm a history and science junkie, especially of the quirky or odd kind - the weirder the better lol I'm planning a series of these.

Thanks for stopping by, you inspire me with your hard work and insane word count goals... I'm not there but I'm working on becoming more consistent.

Enjoy your weekend my friend. Peace.
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Newme202 Premium Plus
Awesome blog! I learned something new today. I will continue to take action and ensure that my strategy is implemented. Thank you Luz for sharing.
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coqui49519 Premium
Thanks Simone! I had fun writing this post lol

You know, before WA I never would’ve thought I would enjoy writing but this blog just flowed like water from the tap, if you know what I mean :-) Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you found it enjoyable.

Have a blessed weekend ahead. Peace.

Luz
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Newme202 Premium Plus
It was enjoyable Luz. It just reinforced my thoughts and action that I had not yet implemented. I said to myself, if he could assess a situation and saw a need and implement it, so can I! Well done Luz! There's a writer in you! You better believe it :)
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coqui49519 Premium
Amen Simone! To a happy and profitable 2021 - Clink!
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Newme202 Premium Plus
To your success!😃
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coqui49519 Premium
To OUR success and all our friends at WA and those to come :-)
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