Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Samuel R. Scottron invented the Curtain Rod

Samuel Raymond Scottron was a prominent African-American inventor from ...Samuel Raymond Scottron (February 1841 - October 14, 1908) was a prominent African-American inventor from Brooklyn, N.Y. who began his career as a barber. He was born in Philadelphia in 1841. He received his engineering degree from Cooper Union in 1878. He was a community leader in New York, setting up organizations to promote racial harmony and fairness, as well as a public speaker and writer on race relations. He was a member of the Brooklyn board of education, and a leader in the Republican Party. He fought for the end of slavery in Cuba and Puerto Rico.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                  He invented a special mirror bracket which allowed you to see yourself as others see you. He went on to receive 4 more patents.
Here are his inventions and patent numbers.                                                                                            
    Rule 5 Saturday - Lena Horne... to either wall or hangs on door with special brackets supplied
  • 1880-02-17, #224,732, Adjustable window cornice
  • 1883-01-16, #270,851, Cornice
  • 1886-09-21, #349,525, Pole tip
  • 1892-08-30, #481,720, Curtain rod
  • 1893-09-12, #505,008, Supporting bracket.                                                                                                                                                                                   Samuel R. Scottron was the maternal grandfather of noted singer Lena Horne (1917–2010).                                                                                                                                             

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