Irish track workers of the mid-19th century who filled the ever-growing demands of the burgeoning railroad industry to the new wave of Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these laborers filled some of the least desirable and most dangerous jobs constructing and maintaining railroad lines
On November 27, 1897 Beard received a patent for a device he called the Jenny Coupler. Andrew Beard’s Jenny Coupler. The Jenny Coupler automatically joined cars by simply allowing them to bump into each other, or as Beard described it the “horizontal jaws engage each other to connect the cars.” Beard sold the rights to his invention for $50,000.00 and the railroad industry was revolutionized. #BlackMuseums
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Only two weeks remain to see "The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy" at the Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College! Come see his dramatic telling of the steam-to-diesel transition and changing fortunes of the railroad industry represented in beautiful black and white photography. Don't miss it!
Elijah "the Real" McCoy - Railroad cars needed to stop at regular intervals to receive lubrication, but McCoy's automatic lubricator cup solved that problem and revolutionized the railroad industry. - from http://www.greatblackheroes.com