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  • Hello! My name is Jan Ernst Matzeliger. I was born September 15,1852 in Paramaribo. I am inventor. I created the lasting machine.
  • I loved to create things and I was fascinated by the shoe. I always wanted to know how shoes were created.
  • My father was a dutch engineer that worked on government machines and my mother was a native in Paramaribo.
  • When I was 9, I used to work for my father as an apprentice . At 19 I moved to Philadelphia 1873. It was very hard for a dark skinned man to find a job. I was hoping to find a job in the shoe business but did have any luck.
  • I learned how to create molds of the customers feet with wood and stone. This Possess is hand made and takes a while to do. I thought to my self, how can I make this processor easier.
  • •I did not have any luck finding a job so i moved to Lynn,Massachusetts for better job opportunists. I found a job in shoe factory.I learned many different skills.
  • After this thought. Jan began to come up with ideas for the Lasting machine to do this long process of shoe making faster. After many ideas later Materialize got a patient on March 20th, 1883. The last machien held a shoe on a last pulling the leather down around the heel and drove nails in the leather. This machine could make up to 700 shoes a day. After he created it it became a giant success and he formed a company in 1889. Jan died in august 24,1889 from tuberculous.
  • Jan Enest Matzeliger
  • 1991
  • One dollar
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