America the Innovative
Like any country, America has its “wouldn’t be summer without it!” essentials. Now get to know two of them even better.
The Adirondack Chair
This lazy-afternoon icon was developed by Thomas Lee in 1903, while vacationing at his summer home in the Adirondack Mountains. Lee’s place lacked outdoor chairs, so he built the now-classic seats himself – then passed the design along to a carpenter friend in need of cash. The carpenter realized the chair’s value and quickly patented it for himself. (Smart move, guy.)
The Charcoal Grill
The hemispherical grill in particular – initially nicknamed “Sputnik” – was designed by American welder George Stephen as an attempt to keep ash from blowing into his food. And the modern charcoal briquette? Also a homeland invention (of E.G. Kingsford – he was a relative of Henry Ford). This sizzling number drives the patriotic point home, produced by based-in-the-USA Cuisinart. We’re guessing their engineers have been to more than a few cookouts.
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