afriCalendar Highlights: Thomas Elkins


Dr. Thomas Elkins, pharmacist, abolitionist and prolific inventor, patented his invention of an improved refrigerator design 4 September 1879.


Dr. Thomas Elkins was a pharmacist, abolitionist and prolific inventor and designed many improvements for everyday items. Living in Albany New York he designed a new refrigeration device, that could also be used to store corpses.

Thomas Elkins patented his invention of an improved refrigerator design in 1879. He designed the device to help with the task of preserving perishable foods by way of refrigeration. Elkins had previously patented a dining, ironing table and quilting frame combined in 1870, and a chamber commode in 1872.


In 1872, a U.S. patent was issued to Thomas Elkins for a new article of chamber furniture which he designated a ""Chamber Commode"" (Patent No. 122,518). It provided a combination of ""a bureau, mirror, book-rack, washstand, table, easy-chair, and earth-closet or chamber-stool,"" which might otherwise be constructed as several separate articles. A patent was also issued to Thomas Elkins on this day in 1870 for a ""Dining, Ironing Table and Quilting Frame Combined"" (No. 100,020).


In the early 1840’s, committees of citizens were formed across the north with the intention of protecting fugitive slaves from re-enslavement. Thomas Elkins was the secretary of the Vigilance Committee. As slave catchers sought fugitives, Vigilance Committees provided legal assistance, food, clothing, money, sometimes employment, temporary shelter and assisted fugitives in making their way toward freedom.


Please LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE this post!

Download UmojApp using the links below to get more #BlackHistory facts!


Remember…


>> Stay safe and continue to maintain and improve our strict hygiene routines.


>> Eat African vegetables to boost our immune system... https://www.umojapp.com/post/covid-19-ii-african-defence-diet


>> Let's not allow the lockdown to kill more of us than the Coronavirus… Look out for your elderly neighbours, single women with small children and make sure everyone has enough to eat.


>> Exercise… Start with a stretching routine… go for a walk or jog (1 hour is allowed during the lockdown)… stay positive!


>> Download UmojApp and get today's Fact of the Day, stay up to date on the latest news and chat with each other in afriChat.


Visit www.UmojApp.com NOW!

Android download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n207158998

Apple download: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/umojapp/id1255488772?ls=1