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Forgotten History: Walter Hunt and the Safety Pin

Forgotten History: Walter Hunt and the Safety Pin

This is despite the fact that it’s almost guaranteed that one of his inventions is currently lying somewhere in your home, the safety pin. However, soon after this, Hunt went and invented an even better flax spinning machine and patented that in 1826. Hunt then endeavoured to manufacture and sell this machine to secure a better life for himself and his young family. As a testament to the design’s simplicity and functionality, unlike many products that have evolved over time, in the near two centuries since Hunt invented the safety pin, the basic design hasn’t really changed at all. However, the factory was destroyed by a riotous group of French tailors who were afraid the sewing machine would spell the end of their trade.

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