Arago: 5-cent Howe

5-cent Howe

The 5-cent Famous American Inventors stamp issued October 14, 1940, honors Elias Howe (1819-1867). Howe invented the first practical sewing machine in 1845. Being naive in business matters, he was unable to market his device and was eventually swindled out of his patent. Isaac Singer developed and marketed a similar machine. Through legal action, Howe eventually shared in the profits from Singer's venture.

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