Jackie Robinson is most well known for his sports achievements. However, the baseball great was also a savvy, pioneering businessman.
Jackie Robinson was one of the investors/founders of the Freedom National Bank, a Black-owned bank that was located in Harlem. Mr Robinson was also the first African-American vice president of a major American corporation (Chock Full O’Nuts). In addition to this, Jackie Robinson was the first African-American TV analyst for major league baseball.
In 1994, Henry Chriss received a patent for his invention of footwear additives which allows footwear to be made out of recycled materials.
Clifton Ingram invented the railroad crossing flag signal, and received a patent for his invention in 1925.
John W. Hunter invented the portable weighing scale. He received a patent for his invention on November 3, 1896.
The sliding skin chair was invented by Earl S. Bell. He invented this apparatus in 2003.
The sliding skin chair has a removable surface, which is referred to as a “skin.” The skin is composed of materials and composition of such resilience that it is able to bear the weight of a load while flexing and moving with the seated person. The skin can also easily be removed from the chair’s frame.
Donald E. Jefferson invented the digital data storage system. He received a patent for his invention on July 18, 1972.
The automatic gear shift was invented by Richard Spikes. Mr. Spikes received a patent for his invention on December 6, 1932.
The ventilator was invented by John Thomas Darkins. He received a patent for his invention on February 19, 1895.
The time control system for telephones was created by Charles V. Richey. He received the patent for his invention on February 14, 1933.
On October 11, 1887, Alexander Miles received a patent for the elevator.