Mrs. Sophie Baikusis, above, is the most inventive employee of the General Electric plant at Schenectady, N. Y. The widowed mother of two children, she has earned bonuses with 80 suggestions since she went to work in the radio department 9 years ago.

Queen of women inventors is Miss Beulah Louise Henry of New York, above. She has earned the title of “Lady Edison” with 43 patents in the past decade for inventions ranging from dolls to sewing machines. One of her most unusual products is a snap-on parasol which permits a woman to have an umbrella to match each frock. She also has devised many things for the
aid of office workers.

Miss Inez E. Matthews of Oakland, Calif., above, is the inventor of the “Ice Box” flower, widely marketed imitation flowers which freshen when refrigerated. The idea occurred to her while studying art in Paris. Though only 14 years old, Miss Jane Plant of College Park, left, worked as a “grease monkey” at the Candler Airport in Atlanta, Ga., during her vacation. As soon as she is old enough she plans an air career. Mrs. Mary Brusseau of Windsor, Ont., is shown below with the illumiphone which she has invented for telephones. It is a combination telephone stand of modern design which lights upon lifting of receiver. A two-way switch permits light to be turned on without lifting the receiver.

  1. Stannous says: October 16, 20073:48 pm

    There’s almost no details about any particular invention much less ‘proof’.

  2. Don Fearn says: October 16, 20073:53 pm

    Yeah; *I* am not going to believe women can have inventive ideas without PROOF!

  3. nlpnt says: October 16, 20076:52 pm

    Ideas? Women?
    It’ll never catch in, I tell ya.

  4. Julie says: October 17, 20079:55 am

    This one little page is hysterical; it reminds me of the old Time-Life series of books on the Old West — 26 volumes: “The Miners”, “The Cowboys”, “The Journalists”, “The Loggers”, “The Ranchers”, “the Gamblers”, “Great Chiefs”…and finally, one lonely volume, “The Women.”

  5. MaggieL says: October 24, 20078:17 pm

    The actual problem is getting men to think when women are involved.

    One can’t expect much in the way of details on a single page, most of which is cheesecake.

    Let’s see…the light that comes on when the phone goes off-hook? I’m sure the Bell engineers who designed the Princess phone took credit for that idea…looks like there’s some “prior art” here.

    And 43 patents issued to one person before WWII? No ideas there, obviously.

    Jane Plant was working as an aircraft mechanic at 14. I wonder if she got any work at College Park Airport (nice place, I’ve flown in there) when she got back from vaca?

    Sophie got paid for 80 suggestions in nine years by GE. I’m sure they just wanted to give some money away.

  6. Evelyn Yvonne Theriault says: May 2, 20091:02 pm

    Came across your site while researching General Electric Co. of Schenectady, N.Y. Thanks for posting this funny – and illuminating – article. I’ll probably use it in my classroom but in the meantime I’ve linked it to one of my posts at A Canadian Family.
    Evelyn in montreal

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