After Mary Anderson submitted her patent for America’s first windshield wiper in 1903, she reached out to manufacturing firms to help create the product for automobiles.
One firm she reached out to responded with, “We regret to state we do not consider it to be of such commercial value as would warrant our undertaking its sale.“
The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo, Anderson’s great-great-niece, doesn’t know for sure why Anderson’s invention never went anywhere — but she suspects it might have been because Anderson was such an independent woman.
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