Sunday Feb 05, 2023

“There’s a better way of doing that” – United States Patent and Trademark Office


Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Margaret Mara, “Milka-Moo’s Inventor Doesn’t Bother With Any Old Blueprints” (August 3, 1948). 

Casey, Susan Mary, Women Invent: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World (Chicago: Chicago Review, 1997). 

Chudacoff, Howard P., Children at Play: An American History (New York: New York University Press, 2007). 

Evening Star (Washington, DC): “‘Lady Edison’ Patents Her 45th Invention” (March 9, 1962); “Models of Devices Invented by Women to Be Exhibited (September 5, 1931). 

Formanek-Brunell, Miriam, Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, 1830-1930 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993). 

Goldin, Claudia, Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990). 

Groth, Paul, Living Downton: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), 5-10. 

MacDougall, Sarah, “Beulah Henry Has Patented Thirty-Three Novelties,” in American Magazine, vol. 99, January, 1925, Through June, 1925 (New York: Crowell, 1925), 75-76.  

Marovitch, Lisa, “‘Let Her Have Brains Too’: Commercial Networks, Public Relations, and the Business of Invention,” Business and Economic History 27 (1998), 140-61. 

Maryland Independent (La Plata): “Miss Beulah Henry” (June 27, 1924). 

McFayden, A.D., “Beulah Louise Henry,” Journal of the Patent Office Society 19, no. 8 (1937), 606-8. 

McGaw, Judith, “Inventors and Other Great Women: Toward a Feminist History of Technological Luminaries,” Technology and Culture 38, no. 1 (1997), 214-31. 

Montgomery County Sentinel (Rockville, MD): “High Praise Coming to Mothers of Invention” (January 29, 1932). 

New York Times: Elizabeth M. Fowler, “Beulah Louise Henry Has Been Called ‘Lady Edison’” (January 27, 1962); Stacy V. Jones, “A Single Unit Serves for Mailing and Also Returning” (January 26, 1962);  “New Incorporations” (March 28 and July 1, 1921). 

Ratcliff, J.D., “She Invents ‘Em,” This Week Magazine (October 24, 1940), 8.  

Reed, Mary Gray, “Radio Rose: This Dolly Totes a 3-Tube Receiver and Loud Speaker,” The Wireless Age: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Radio Communication 12, no. 9 (June 1925), 37-38 and 42. 

Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram (Indiana): “‘Lady Edison’ Invents Umbrella with a Quick Detachable Cover” (August 30, 1921). 

Stanley, Autumn, Mothers and Daughters of Invention: Notes for a Revised History of Technology (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1995), 96, 103, 403, 441, 459, 462-65. 

Sunday Star (Washington, DC): “All Inventors are Not Male” (July 17, 1938).  

U.S. Census records for Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC (1900 and 1910), Memphis, Shelby County, TN (1920), Manhattan, New York County, NY (1930 and 1940).


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