Women You’ve Never Heard Of: Part VI

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.


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