Inventions are the ultimate result of successful problem-solving.
But how on earth did people come up with the first ideas for luxuries (and now necessities) as disposable diapers, the dishwasher, the cell phone, and blue jeans?
Recently I have been asked to speak on this topic to various audiences, including the Larchmont (NY) Historical Society. The Society was kind enough to arrange to have the presentation recorded so I can share it with readers.
Edwin Binney (1866-1934) and Harold Smith (1860-1931) were cousins. They formed Binney & Smith in 1885 when they took over the chemical company started by Edwin’s father, Joseph. The company made colors used for industrial purposes like the iron oxide paint now known as “red barn” paint and charcoal and black pigment used for things like making tires look black When they took the helm, they maintained the industrial business but began looking for ways to expand their market.