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Friday, December 3, 2010

Thank you Chester Greenwood

If you have warm ears this winter, Chester Greenwood may be the person responsible.  Tomorrow is the Annual Chester Greenwood Day in Farmington, Maine.  There will be a parade, Christmas Wreath Sale, a free Clogging lesson, a Gingerbread House contest, food basket drop box to collect food for needy families, free horse and wagon rides,  a chili contest, the annual Polar Bear Club Dip in Clearwater Lake, and the Festival of Trees Auction the the Granary, plus great food, music and much more.



Why all the hoopla, and who is Chester Greenwood, you ask?  Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine, in 1872 invented the earmuff, at the age of 15!  He reportedly came up with the idea while ice-skating and had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between loops of wire.  By the age of 19, he had acquired a U.S. patent, and by his 28th birthday, the Chester Greenwood & Company factory was producing and shipping Champion Ear Protectors worldwide.



 In 1936, the company had it's biggest year and sold 400,000 pairs.


At one time, the U.S. Postal Service produced a stamp in his honor!


Eventually the patent ran out, and others got in on the action.  But the original idea for keeping the ears safe from frostbite came from Chester Greenwood.


 Thank you, Chester.   R.I.P.

Just a little Maine trivia to make your day!

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22 comments:

Lazarus said...

Very interesting stuff, I love trivia. But I was expecting a big pair of earmuffs on his tombstone. This is my first time being the first one to comment on one of your posts, it seems like a privilege of some type. I hope I didn't disappoint!

David Waters said...

Good ole Chester..bless him.

cheers

River said...

Thank you Chester Greenwood. There's nothing worse than frosty ears.

Michelle Saunderson said...

Such a simple great inventions.

natalee said...

Very Cool.... Thanks Chester!!!!

Joanie M said...

Time to dig mine out! Thanks Chester!

R. J. said...

Clever--kudos to the entrepreneur. It brings to mind, "Wish I had thought of that." Maybe you could put out a new game: New England Trivia. The mother of a classmate of my son put together a board game and marketed it, eventually going national. I love a good idea.

Brian Miller said...

chester is the man...though i will admit i have not had a pair in ages....

DJan said...

I wore my earbags (earmuffs without the over the head part) all day long yesterday. I have always been fan of earmuffs and once I discovered them have never been without. A hat makes my head sweat and it's really only my ears that get cold!

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

Cute blog!

I just found your blog through one of the Friday Blog Hops! Have a great weekend.

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glnroz said...

Well many thanks to ole Chester. I hate winter, but I like your posts..

Sara said...

loved the post. That is a festival my sister and I would attend (we like road trips for unique festivals/museums/etc.

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Claudia said...

how nice - i never heard of him - looks like his earmuffs have survived him - great stuff eva

Kitty Moore said...

Hey Eva - loving the new blog design! x

Jen said...

Well, thanks to Chester, a number of companies now are making earmuffs....but, I live in Maine, have traveled to northern Maine and Canada, during real coooooooooollllldddd weather......and never saw anyone with earmuffs!!HHHHMM!!

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lakeviewer said...

Bless the man!

Eva Gallant said...

River: I totally agree!

Michelle: One of those, wish I'd thought of that moments!

Glenn: Thanks! Glad to hear it!

Jen: That's 'cause you live up there in the woods. I see them often down here in the city! lol

The Retired One said...

How nice to give him credit...very interesting history, Eva!

Elenka said...

No,Eva, there were no recreational toys in my pocket. Nothing but a shopping list to Hannaford, so get your mind out of the gutter!
(I actually take that back, I like it when your mind is in the gutter.)

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I am grateful to Chester. I wear earmuffs most winder days...they keep me warm without producing hat hair.

Unknown Mami said...

Thank you, Chester. Brilliant solution for a common problem.