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A Famous Woman

Updated on August 30, 2011

There are certain things in life that we as humans take for granted. I want to point out one in particular .Occasionally, while driving during the winter months it could rain or snow. Immediately we either flip a switch or move a lever that operates our windshield wiper arms.. This device improves the drivers visibility. However, we never give a thought as to who was behind this idea. Mary Anderson applied for and received a patent for a manual windshield wiper arm in 1903. While riding on a streetcar in New York Mary observed the conductor had to opened the window in order to see during the rain. Mary designed an arm that would swing with a rubber blade.This manual device became standard in 1916. The automatic version would come a year later. Charlotte Brigwood received a patent and manufactured the automatic version. Unfortunately, for Charlotte it was not a commercial success. These two women are responsible for the device that improves the visibility on those days when it rains or snows.


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    • RBJ33 profile image


      6 years ago

      The Jordan automobile was produced from 1916 to 1931 in Cleveland. Edward "Ned" Jordan is credited with being the first to advertise directly to women. He was the first to give his different autonobile models evocative names - first to use women images in his advertising. I think I'll write a hub on the Jordan.

    • platinumOwl4 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hello Gypsy Willow, thank you very much for your interest in My hub. Stay tuned I have another coming this week.

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Well I never knew that!

    • Lady_E profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow... give it up for the ladies. lol.

      I love this. It's very inspiring.

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It would be interesting to know how much money Mary and Charlotte actually received. This is a fascinating Hub. I would like to see it longer with more information on this great subject. I am one of those people who can never get too much information. Just call me Nerd-Bird. lol

    • Guanta profile image


      7 years ago from New York City

      Thank you platinumOwl4 excellent information. I'm very pleased to learn about these two women, not that it surprises me. Thanks again.

    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting story thanks for sharing.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I really feel bad, 'cause I picked so bad. Thanks? Well--you wait--I'll screw up so bad some day everybody will know who I am 'cause I did!

    • platinumOwl4 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I did a half.... job on proof reading. Thanks for the comment.

    • Teylina profile image


      7 years ago

      Love hearing/reading cool stories like this; just do me a favor and work on proofing before you publish. I hate to nitpick 'cause I make plenty of mistakes, too, but "rain or snow starts" makes that phrase not only grammatically correct (somebody correct me if I'm wrong), but blends in to make it easier to read. I like knowing it was a woman who got that patent, and I know what for, but "for the now present on every auto..." distracts me (but it may just be me, just like "had to open" would not distract me, nor would "had opened," and I gave up on the next sentence. Still loved the research in this, and I think Mary and Charlotte were a whole lot smarter than I am. Keep 'em comin'!


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