Book Musings: Marvelous Mattie

August 4 2018:

Marvelous Mattie

As a young girl Margaret E. Knight carried with her a notebook labeled My Inventions. She made creations for her mother and brothers and when she was twelve she designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers.

Later she invented a machine that would cut and glue together a square-bottomed paper bag. Many of the paper bags we use today are still processed using Mattie’s invention.

An inspiring story of a girl and woman who knew in her heart she was an inventor and never backed down from that belief. Even in a time when it was believed women couldn’t understand the complexities of mechanical equipment.

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