Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

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Caption: Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852-1889), an African-American who invented a shoe-lasting machine that could attach the sole to a shoe in one minute, greatly speeding up the production of shoes. Color enhancement of BM8719.

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