Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

What does this have to do with Valentine’s Day and her relationship with men?

It goes like this.

You know those brown paper bags you use for taking your lunch to work and the big ones you get at the grocery store and even the ones that children drop their Valentine’s Day cards in?

Margaret is responsible for those…

While working with a paper bag manufacturer in Massachusetts, she invented paper bags with flat bottoms and a way to make them.  We take things like this for granted, but at the time it was a pretty big deal.  Honestly, it still is.

This fellow by the name of Charles Annan tried to steal Margaret Knight’s idea about the flat bottom paper bags and even hired a spy to steal her secrets.

Charles was successful at first and even received credit for the patent.



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