Find out which African American inventor is behind the indispensable dust pan.
©Jupiter Images, 2009 Unlike today's common dust pan, the first dust pan was upright and had a removable, adjustable handle.
On August 3, 1897, Lloyd P. Ray of Seattle, Washington received a patent (U.S. patent no. 587, 607) for his long-handled dust pan. The design would enable the sweeper to perform the debris collection function in an upright standing position.
The handle was both removable and adjustable, and the pan portion could be pivoted to allow for convenient hanging storage.
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