Necessity's Child: The Story of Walter Hunt, America's Forgotten Inventor

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If the sewing machine was the greatest of Walter Hunts inventions, close behind were the safety pin and the fountain pen. In 1829 he patented a knife sharpener still manufactured and widely used today. Among his hundreds of inventions, many still in use, are a restaurant steam table, a tree-felling saw, a ships ice-breaker, inkstands, a rifle, a cartridge, a shoe heel, and a ceiling-walking circus device. He earned, however, only a meager living, instead devoting his life to others. After 65 years of an almost unparalleled act of sustained research--in original documents, 19th century newspaper accounts, court papers, patent files, and Hunts and his descendants family papers--Joe Kane has at last completed his astonishingly detailed story of this unsung craftsman.

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"draws on original documents, 19th century newspaper accounts, court papers, patent files, and family papers to detail the inventor's life and many patents" -- SciTech Book News

"this book outlines the fascinating details of the inventor and his inventions which still contribute comfort and convenience to our daily lives" -- Bookman Book Review Syndicate

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