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Matzeliger, Jan Ernst 1852-1889

Works: 26 works in 31 publications in 1 language and 2,653 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Jan Ernst Matzeliger
Matzeliger, Jan( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was born Sept. 15, 1852 in Paramaribo, Surinam (Dutch Guiana), the son of a Dutch engineer and a black woman of Surinam. In 1873 he landed in Philadelphia; in 1877 he moved to Lynn, Mass., and worked in a shoe factory. Matzeliger's invention of the Shoe Lasting Machine in 1883 revolutionized the shoe manufacturing industry, increasing production for an individual from 50 to 700 pairs of shoes a day. He died Aug. 24 1889 in Lynn, Mass. Items in the collection include programs, a press release and the first day issue of a U.S. commemorative stamp in his honor
Lasting machine : specifications and drawings of patents issued from the U.S. Patent Office, filed Jan. 24, 1882 by Jan Ernst Matzeliger( Book )

1 edition published in 1882 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names
Jan Ernst Matzeliger Surinamese inventor

Jan Ernst Matzeliger surinamischer Erfinder

Matzeliger, Jan Ernst -1889

Matzeliger, Jan Ernst d. 1889

English (27)

Shoes for everyone : a story about Jan MatzeligerFive notable inventors