On March 13, 1877, Chester Greenwood received a patent for earmuffs. Chester Greenwood invented the earmuff in 1873, at the age of 15. He reportedly came up with the idea while ice skating, and had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between loops of wire.
He was awarded patent #188,292 on March 13, 1877.
He manufactured these ear protectors, providing jobs for people in the Farmington, Maine area, for nearly 60 years. Every year, on the first Saturday of December, the town of Farmington celebrates “Chester Greenwood Day” with a variety of activities.
A parade in Chester’s honor is a part of the festivities.
Everyone participating in the parade must wear earmuffs.
Publication number: US188292 A
Patent Title: Improvement in ear-mufflers
Publication type: Grant
Publication date: 13 Mar 1877
Filing date: 8 Feb 1877
Inventors: Chestee Geeenwood