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EarMuffs

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Did you know that a teenager invented the world’s first earmuffs? Learn how a Maine farm boy gave himself — and his hometown — a lifetime of work. Hear about the invention of Ear Muffs.

What they do:
Make lightweight ear warmers.

Inspiration:
Chester Greenwood was a fifteen year old boy with cold ears. While ice skating one day in 1873, a bolt of inspiration struck him. He had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between some wire loops he had made, and the earmuffs were born.

About the business:
Greenwood’s lightweight ear-warmers were so effective, he kept getting requests from friends and family for their own pairs. When he turned 18, he patented the idea. It wasn’t long before he had his own factory with dozens of employees. Through the course of his life, Greenwood’s invention would provide work–and warmth–for the people of Farmington, Maine. By the time he died in 1937, his company was making 400,000 earmuffs annually.

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