Cranks My Tractor

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


The next time you are at the grocery store or your children are cutting hearts out of red construction paper to glue on a white paper bag to put Valentine’s Day cards in – think of Margaret and that fool man who thought he could steal her idea.

The next time someone says, “Girls can’t do that” or “Girls aren’t good at that,” think of Margaret.

She was born on Valentine’s Day, 1838.

Margaret Knight’s inventions included things like rotary engines, shoe-cutting machines, numbering machines, dress shields and flat-bottomed paper bags.

You just have to love smart women like Margaret – maybe that explains why she never got married.

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