Beulah Louise Henry Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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The United States designated 11th February as National Inventors Day. It is here where notable names are recalled for leaving a legacy to the world and beyond. One of the Grande and unbiased personality is none other than Beulah Louise Henry. Known by her moniker Lady Edison, she rose to fame as an inventor. She had over 100 inventions that were quite evident throughout her career. She was always on the move to come up with something new.
An amateur inventor and engineer, Beulah Louise Henry first discovered vacuum ice cream freezers early in 1912. Tons of her first inventions were ignored due to their simplicity, but her creativity raised her to fame. From her tender age, she loved to create new things that also shocked her parents. She came to invest household goods as well as an umbrella for women who liked to match their outfits. In the process, she was mentioned as one of the Outstanding Inventors in America.
Above all, Beulah managed to establish two companies where she worked tirelessly to prove her inventions. It was in 2006 that she was instated into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Beulah Louise Henry grew up knowing that she would one day come to solve people’s problems. It wasn't doubted that in her twenties, thirst for inventiveness followed her like a trailer. She had a knack for greatness that allowed others to sit as she got noticed. However, there is no point that Beulah came to plan her next move or discovery. She gave her creative mind a chance to fathom like nobody’s business. When things seemed to turn right, other started to despise her.
Fortunately, success and affluence gave Beulah Louise Henry a chance to establish her own company. Beulah hated to believe that there are quick-fix solutions to any problem. In that case, she worked hard where she accepted to welcome her deals. In other words, she could present her thoughts irresistibly.
Childhood and Early Life
On 11th, February 1887 a couple called Beulah Henry and Walter R. were blessed with a daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was none other than Beulah Louise Henry whose parents loved arts to the core. Her mother served as an artist.
According to sources, Beulah seemed to have a condition called Synesthesia. It is a condition where one part of the body stimulates another part or sense. It is often linked to creative and artistic people like Beulah. Her inventiveness started when she began to learn and fix things during her childhood days. From 1909 to 1912 she joined North Carolina Presbyterian College.
Beulah’s Later Years
It is believed that Beulah Louise Henry started her inventiveness while she was growing up. It was at her teenage life that she received a registered trademark. After that in 1912, she invented a vacuum ice cream freezer. Two other brands followed including an umbrella and a handbag.
Her early inventions brought her into the limelight, especially an umbrella that had tons of colors. It was in 1919 that Beulah Louise Henry traveled to New York where she managed to sell her umbrellas for countable of women. She lived in hotels where she continued with her inventions. After some time, she managed to sell her umbrellas, and in the process, she established her laboratory.
In 1919 Beulah founded two companies called Parasol Company and B. L Henry Company. The following year, she received a broad range of copyright for her inventions. In 1920 she invented a type of sponge that tends to hold a bar soap in the middle. Not to mention she also discovered a spring sponge doll.
From 1930 to 1940 Beulah Louise Henry invented typewriters and machines. Before the end of the 1930s, she was given a moniker of Lady Edison, another word for a famous woman. In 1939 she started to work under Nicholas Machine Works where she served as an inventor. She remained in the position until the end of 1955. In the middle of all; she also worked as a consultant at Mergenthaler Linotype Company as well as International Doll Company.
Personal Life and Achievements
Beulah Louise Henry's most incredible invention was that of an umbrella that had a wide array of colors. It was a discovery that received legal protection in 1924. In the mid of 2006, she was stated into the National Inventor Hall of Fame.
When it comes to her personal life, Beulah seemed to cling to her inventions. This didn’t give her a chance to get married nor having a child of her own. As a trivia, she loved to write as well as painting. It is believed that she had an active and happy life till when she breathed her last in 1973.
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