March 16, 2014

On this day March 16th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

On March 16, 1935 Frederick McKinley Jones Frederick invented the roof-mounted cooling device and built the first automatic refrigeration system for long haul trucks. Mr. Jones' new method initiated a change in the eating habits and patterns of the entire nation and allowed for the development of food production facilities in almost any geographic location.

Mr. McKinley Jones was one of the most prolific Black inventors ever. Frederick Jones patented more than sixty inventions, however, he is best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks in 1935 (a roof-mounted cooling device). Jones was the first person to invent a practical, mechanical refrigeration system for trucks and railroad cars, which eliminated the risk of food spoilage during long-distance shipping trips. The system was, in turn, adapted to a variety of other common carriers, including ships. Frederick Jones was issued the patent on July 12, 1940.

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