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Shoe Making Machine

Jan E. Matzeliger

Jan E. Matzeliger
Invention: Shoe Making Machine

He invented the first ever shoe making machine. It could make up to 700 hundred pairs of shoes in a ten hour work day. Humans could only make 50. He first used cigar boxes and metal scraps to create his machine, but everyone always laughed at his idea. When it did work everyone wanted to buy the machine from him, but he said no. Finally in 1883 he got a patent to build his machine. He needed money to build the machine so he didn't live healthily in order to save up money and because of that he died in 1889 at the age of 36 due to his poor health... inventors.about.com

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