With nearly fifty patents and over one hundred inventions to her credit, Beulah Louise Henry won herself the nickname “Lady Edison.”
Among Lady Edison’s innovations were a bobbinless sewing machine, a typewriter attachment that could make multiple copies of a document at once, and a device that allowed dolls to produce articulate sounds. That’s right: if you’ve ever heard a baby doll call someone “mama,” it’s because of Beulah Louise Henry.
Beulah worked professionally for many years, as an inventor for the Nicholas Machine Works, and also served as a consultant for companies that manufactured her inventions. She never married.
Our parade of extraordinary women continues with Beulah Louise Henry: today’s Proud Kate.