Jan Ernst Matzeliger

He invented the firt shoe-making machine

Early Life

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was born on September 15, 1852 in Paramaribo (Now Suriname) South America. His Father was a duthch engineer and his mother a black surinamese slave. Matzeliger had alwas been interested in mechanics, and working in his family's mechanics shop as a kid had a big influence on that.

Leaving South America

At the age of 19 Jan Ernst Matzeliger left Suriname to ge a job. He was hired to work as a sailor. After 2 years he landed in Pennsylvania. He chose to stay and soon after made friends with some Africans that lived close by. Jan began working for a cobler making shoes. At the time shoes were made by hand, There was no machine that could attach the top part of the shoe to the sole of the shoe, which was a very complicated thing to do by hand. It was then that Jan really started getting interested in shoe making.

The Invention

Jan Ernst Matzeliger moved to Lynn, Massachusetts in 1876. He worked all day and learned english at night. Eventually he learned enough english to study physics and mechanical science. After ha had learned all that ha sd needed to know he started working on an invention that would change the shoe industry forever.

At first he made his machine out of anythin that he could get a hold of: cigar boxes, metal scraps, ald nails, etc. When others found out what he was doing people told him that he was crazy and that it would never work. although Jan, desperate to get his machine to work kept trying. Soon it worked.

Other shoemakers came to him in order to purchase a machine. Even though people offered him lots of money for the machine he never asked for that much.

Afterward

On March 20, 1833 Jan recieved a patent form and he patented his machine. Just 9 years later on August 24. 1889 at the age of 36 Jan ernst Matzeliger passed away.

Bibliography

1.Hale, Brent. "Biography: Jan Ernest Matzeliger - by Brent Hale - Helium." Helium - Where Knowledge Rules. Brent Hale, 12 Feb. 2011. Web. 6 Feb. 2013. http://www.helium.com/items/2090964-biography-jan-ernest-matzeliger.

2.formed, 1889 the demand of the shoe lasting machine was overwhelming. A company was, The Consolidated Lasting Machine Company, where Matzelinger was given huge blocks of stock for his invention. His machine had revolutionized the entire shoe industry in the U.S ., and around the world.. "African-American Inventors & Inventions: Jan Ernst Matzeliger - Inventor and Businessman." Inventors Assistance League. Reggie Lindsay, 8 May 2010. Web. 7 Feb. 2013. <http://www.inventions.org/culture/africaformed,formed,

3. 1889 the demand of the shoe lasting machine was overwhelming. A company was, The Consolidated Lasting Machine Company, where Matzelinger was given huge blocks of stock for his invention. His machine had revolutionized the entire shoe industry in the U.S ., and around the world.. "African-American Inventors & Inventions: Jan Ernst Matzeliger - Inventor and Businessman." Inventors Assistance League. Reggie Lindsay, 8 May 2010. Web. 7 Feb. 2013. <http://www.inventions.org/culture/african