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Friday, December 2, 2011

Did you know that Fred McKinley Jones is certainly one of the most important Black inventors ever based on the sheer number of inventions he formulated as well as their diversity?



Fred JonesDid you know that Fred McKinley Jones is certainly one of the most important Black inventors ever based on the sheer number of inventions he formulated as well as their diversity?


Did you know that the tough winters gave Jones the the ideal to  attache skis to the undercarriage of an old airplane body and attache an airplane propeller to a motor and soon whisked around town at high speeds in his new snow-machine?

Fred Jones Did you know that Jones had doctors that he worked for on occasion who complained that he wished he did not have to wait for patient to come into his office for x-ray exams, so Jones created a portable x-ray machine that could be taken to the patient?

Did you know that Jones never make a dime on many of his early inventions, because he did not apply for  a patent for his  machine  inventions?

Did you know that he also developed a radio transmitter, personal radio sets and eventually motion picture devices?



 


Did you know that Fred Jones came up with the ideal for an automatic ticket-dispensing machine to be used at movie theaters?

Did you know that Jones  received a patent for his automatic ticket-dispensing machine in June of 1939 and the patent rights were eventually sold to RCA.?

Fred JonesDid you know that Fred Jones and  Joe Numero developed a ideal that  would allow large trucks to transport perishable products without them spoiling and  refrigerate the interior of the tractor-trailer?

Did you know that 1939 Fred and Joe Numero received a patent for the vehicle air-conditioning device which would later be called a Thermo King?

Did you know that with the air-condition device it revolutionized several industries including shipping and grocery businesses?

Did you know that Grocery chains were now able to import and export products which previously could only have been shipped as canned goods, thus, the frozen food industry was created and the world saw the emergence of the "supermarket."?

Did you know that  Jones modified the original design of the Thermo King refrigeration units in trucks and tractor-trailers,  so they could be outfitted for trains, boats and ships?


Fred JonesDid you know that during World War II, Fred modified his device and soon had developed a prototype which would eventually allow airplanes to parachute these units for distributing food and blood plasma to troops in the field behind enemy lines to the waiting troops?



Did you know that Jones died on February 21, 1961 and was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Technology, one of the greatest honors an inventor could receive. Jones was the first Black inventor to ever receive such an honor?




Now if you didn't know, now you know...






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