Famous Inventions With A Maine Connection
Some might think that since Maine doesn't have a larger population like some states that we may be lacking in the invention department but that just isn't the case.
Check out some of the Maine ingenuity that has had an impact on the world.
1. The Sewing Machine Zig-Zag stitch
Helen Blanchard was born in Portland, Maine According to Wikipedia she held 28 patents including the popular zig-zag stitch, "that when used to close a seam gave strength to the piece. The stitch could be varied in several different ways, such as varying the depth of the needle. The original sewing machine with this adaptation is currently housed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History."
3. The machine gun
Hiram Maxim was born in Sangerville, Maine. Hiram had the idea of harnessing recoil energy to power reloading, in essence creating the worlds first fully automatic machine gun. Known as his Maxim machine gun. According to Wikipedia "West Point has since declared it “the greatest boon since the wheel.” Maxim is also credited with creating variations on the mousetrap, curling irons, and steam pumps".
4. The microwave oven
Percy Spencer was born in Howland, Maine. According to an account on Wikipedia, it was when Percy joined the U.S. Navy he self taught himself the skills "to create the first true microwave oven by attaching a high-density electromagnetic field generator to an enclosed metal box. He then placed various food items in the box, while observing effects and monitoring temperatures. Named the "Radarange", it was first sold in 1946."
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