Dressmaker Sarah Boone made her name by inventing an improved ironing board that made it easier to press sleeves without introducing unwanted creases.
She acquired the patent rights on this day in 1892.
In her patent application, she wrote, as quoted by biography.com, that the purpose of her invention was “to produce a cheap, simple, convenient and highly effective device, particularly adapted to be used in ironing the sleeves and bodies of ladies’ garments.”
Before Boone’s ironing board, ironing was done with irons heated on the stove or fire, using a table that was covered with a thick cloth. Others simply made use of the kitchen table, or prop a board on two chairs.
Born in 1832 in Craven County, North Carolina, Sarah Boone married a brick mason, James Boone when she was 15. They had eight children. She lived in New Haven for the rest of her life before passing away in 1904. After receiving the patent rights for her invention in 1892, her ironing board made it easy for people to press sleeves.