June 27, 2014

On this day June 27th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day


Black inventor Frederick M. Jones invented the ticket dispensing machine. Born Frederick McKinley Jones on May 17, 1893 in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised by priest in Covington, Kentucky, raised him until he was sixteen. Fredericks mother died when he was nine and he was forced to drop out of school. He nevertheless renewed his motivation to manifest his hands on skills.

Jones began working as a mechanic's helper at the R.C. Crothers Garage in Cincinnati. He observed many of the ins and outs of the trade. By nineteen, he had built and driven several cars in racing exhibitions and soon became one of the most well know racers in the Great Lakes region. During World War I, Jones was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in France as an electrician. While serving, he rewired his camp for electricity, telephone, and telegraph service.

on June 27, 1939, Jones invented and received a patent for an automatic ticket-dispensing machine. One popular use was at movie theaters. He later sold the patent rights to RCA.

DARC salutes Afro-geniuses that contributed to many of the technologies that enhance our daily lives.


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