It’s hard to believe there was little recourse for a frigid ear back in the mid-1800s. Luckily a young man from Farmington came up with a genius idea: Ear-Mufflers (or earmuffs, as we call them today). Chester was only 15 when he came up with the idea, and the first pair of earmuffs were purportedly made by his grandmother out of beaver fur and wire.
Ears around the world were grateful for the invention, and Chester’s home town of Farmington continues to celebrate him annually on Dec 21, also known as Chester Greenwood Day. His invention was officially patented on March 13, 1877, when Chester was 19.
That makes today the 137th anniversary of the earmuff. And with all this blowing snow and those frigid gusts of wind, it’s certainly an earmuff kind of day.
Ears to you, Chester. And happy earmuff-iversary.
It’s easy to imagine that Mainers have always worn coveralls and Bean boots, but the Saco Museum’s newest exhibit shows the clothes of fashionable Mainers from the last 200 years or so. The show, “From the Elegant to the Everyday: 200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England” opens Saturday, March 15 and runs through May 3.
1750-1950 – a new show proves we’ve always looked fabulous