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Entrepreneurs & Inventors

Bubble Gum: How Dubble Bubble was Invented

Bubble gum.  Few adults chew it, but all of us surely chewed thebubble gum delightful pink stuff while growing up:  the sweet smell when unwrapping the paper, the powdery sugar that came off on one’s fingers, the fun  of reading the funnies wrapped inside, and the thrill of blowing giant bubbles or even smaller bubbles (particularly if you could get away with it during class). Then finally the bubble gum would meet its tasteless, rubbery end. We know many solved the problem of what to do with it then by sticking it under a desk.

bubble gum

The Woodcraft Indians: Ernest Thompson Seton, Founder

Woodcraft lessonThe Woodcraft Indians organization was an American forerunner of the Boy Scouts. Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) was its founder.  In forming it in 1902, he places himself among the two or three people who introduced environmentalism to America in the early twentieth century.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anti-Slavery Author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher StoweHarriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) grew up in a family who cared deeply about social issues, including the abolition of slavery. Stowe chose to use the power of words to bring to light the injustice of slavery. She wrote: “…the enslaving of the African race is a clear violation of the great law which commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Mary Pickersgill: Maker of the Star-Spangled Banner

Mary Pickersgill (1776-1857) was a well-regarded flagmaker in Mary Pickersgill
Baltimore, Maryland. In 1813 she was approached by U.S. military representatives to make an oversized United States flag that would fly over Fort McHenry, the army post that guarded the Baltimore harbor.

Amanda Theodosia Jones, Inventor and Owner of All-Woman Business

Amanda Theodosia Jones (1835-1914) was a multi-talented woman Amanda Theodosia Joneswho was a prolific inventor and a frequently published writer.  Her inventions were in two very different fields—food preservation/canning, and the use of oil as a fuel for furnaces.  In 1890 she also started and ran an all-woman canning business.

Amanda Theodosia Jones
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