Sara Boone who was born in 1832 in died in 1904 she was an African-American inventor who on April 26th 1892 obtained United States patent rights for her improvements to the ironing board. Boone's ironing board was designed to improve the quality of ironing sleeves and the bodies of women's garments. The board was very narrow curved and made of wood and the shape and structure allowed it to fit a sleeve it was also reversible so that one could iron both sides of the sleeve easily. Boone was born Sarah Marshall in Craven County North Carolina near the town of New Bern in February 1832. On November 25th 1847 in New Bern she married a Friedman name's James Boone and they would have eight children the Boone family left North Carolina for New Haven Connecticut before the outbreak of the American Civil War and they settled into a house at 30 Winter Street. James Boone worked as a brick mason until his death in 1874 while his wife was listed in New Haven directories as a dressmaker she filed her patent on July 23rd 1891 listing New Haven Connecticut as her home and her patent was published nine months later. Boone's patent was not the first for an ironing board, but ironing at that time was usually done with irons heated on the stove or fire using a table that was covered with a thick cloth. Often women would also use the kitchen table or prop a board on two chairs. Boone's ironing board a precursor to the board that we use today was designed to be effective in ironing the sleeves and bodies of ladies garment, ironing curved waist seams and the sleeves of men's coats. Her ironing board was made of a narrow wooden board that had collapsible legs and a padded cover. It was also designed to be able to be folded and put away in a closet or other areas. The first of its kind many others have tried to patent a type of ironing board device, however they were said not to have the sophisticated design of Sarah's. Her ironing board was the precursor for the more modern versions of ironing boards that we have today and she was said to have become a household name for those who knew of her invention and it's sleek and sophisticated design. In her patent application she wrote that the purpose of her invention was to produce a cheap simple convenient and highly effective device particularly adapted to be used in ironing the sleeves and bodies of ladies garments. She was one of the first black women to receive a patent in the United States and she lived in New Haven for the rest of her life. Sarah Marshall Boone died in 1904 and is buried in a family plot in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.
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