Industrial Revolution Weekly Salute, Margaret E. Knight

Industrial-Revolution-Margaret-E-KnightThis week Industrial Revolution salutes Margaret E. Knight (1838-1914)! Margaret Knight started working in factories at a young age. She had a “knack” for solving problems that others couldn’t figure out. She made her first invention (a safety device) at the young age of 12 after witnessing a co-worker’s injury while working on a machine. Being the first woman to receive a U.S. patent, this led to her nickname “Lady Edison” as well as 27 other patents and over 100 different inventions in her lifetime.

She was one of the most productive of female inventors, creating machines and mechanisms for a variety of industrial and everyday purposes. Some of her inventions were a Rotary Engine, Shoe Cutter, Dress and Skirt Shield, but she became known for inventing the Flat Bottom Paper Bag Machine in 1870. This invention revolutionized packaging as we knew it and the paper industry in general, which led her to start the Eastern Paper Bag Company.

This week Industrial Revolution presents: “Lady Edison’s Burger Creation!" Our own juicy, hand-pattied Burger topped with BBQ Mayo, Natural Cherrywood-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Onion Straws, Bibb Letuce, Tomato and Pickle, served on a Pretzel bun with Garlic Potato Wedges or Sweet Potato Fries!