Unfortunately, many of these inventors never got credit for their achievements. Certainly most of them were very deserving of the credit, and it's sad that it never came! Until now, that is!
Walter Hunt was an American mechanic born in New York in 1796. Throughout his life he worked as an inventor and he managed to create a variety of different devices. The lockstitch sewing machine, safety pin, a forerunner of the Winchester repeating rifle, a successful flax spinner, knife sharpener, streetcar bell, hard-coal-burning stove, artificial stone, street sweeping machinery, the velocipede, and the ice plough are his most notable creations.
Many of his creations have served as indispensable additions and improvements to basic activities and devices in modern times. This is especially true for things like the simple safety pin and the complicated sewing machine. Unfortunately, none of his extremely useful inventions managed to win him an award throughout his life (nor afterwards).
The next time that someone ask you if you knew who invented the safety pin, you can tell them about Walter Hunt! Who knows? That might come in handy someday!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. I don't think that the rain is coming, so we should be good to go!