In the early days of shoemaking, shoes were made mainly by hand.
For proper fit, the customer’s feet had to be duplicated in size and form by creating a stone or wooden mold called a “last” from which the shoes were sized and shaped. 135 more words
Jan Ernst Matzeliger
Revolutionary Shoe Maker
Jan Ernst Matzeliger was a revolutionary in the shoe industry with the invention of the lasting machine. Matzeliger was born on a coffee plantation in Dutch Guiana, now Suriname. 106 more words
In 1753 at the age of 22, Banneker completed a wooden clock that struck on the hour. He appears to have modeled his clock from a borrowed pocket watch by carving each piece to scale. 93 more words
Benjamin Banneker was a free African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a free African American woman and a former slave, Banneker had little formal education and was largely self-taught. 32 more words