Beulah Louise Henry
is sometimes referred to with the nickname "Lady Edison."After reading why you will understand!She was an American inventor with over 100 inventions and over 20 patents throughout her lifetime.She attended Queens College and Elizabeth College, both in North Carolina where she also received her first three patents.
The first, awarded in 1912, was for a vacuum ice cream freezer.The following year brought two patents for a handbag and a parasol, both with detachable cloth covers in a variety of colors. She
then moved to New York City where she
spent the rest of her
popular umbrella through the newly established Henry Umbrella and Parasol Company
, of which she
was also President.Henry
was issued several more patents for a spring-limbed doll, and sponges that held soap in the middle, as well as for the machine that produced the sponges.Beulah
then found a passion for working with up turning much of machines, particularly improvements to sewing machines and typewriters.
In the following years she
received several patents for different machines including a protograph, which produced an original typed document and four copies without the use of carbon paper, a double-chain stitch sewing machine, a feeding and aligning device for typewriters, a bobbin-less sewing machine, a number of children's toys, and another typewriter attachment for duplicating documents well before the time of photocopying.
Having earned a reputation as a professional inventor of sorts, throughout the 1950´s and 1960´s, Henry
was hired by a number of companies to develop products for them, which ranged from household devices to envelope machines.Beulah Henry
was different among early women inventors in that she
was able to profit from her
inventions, and receive credit during her
lifetime for her