May 17



May 17, 1979 Henrietta Bradberry, inventor, died. Bradberry was born in Franklin, Kentucky, but grew up in Chicago, Illinois. On May 25, 1943, she received patent number 2,320,027 for the invention of the bed rack which attached to a bed and provided space to hang shirts, trousers, and other clothing that had been worn in order that they could be freshened by the air. She also received patent number 2,390,688 on December 11, 1945 for a waterproof pneumatically operated way to fire torpedoes under water from either undersea installations or submarines. Not much else is known of Bradberry’s life except that she was a housewife and did not profit from her inventions.


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