Day 2 Thomas Elkins – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Thomas Elkins

You might ask yourself who is Thomas Elkins?  He created something that we all know very well, we use it everyday and if it wasn’t for him refrigeration would not be possible.  Thomas Elkins designed a device that helped with preserving perishable foods through refrigeration.  This device was not the creation of the Refrigerator, but his design was instrumental in the creation of what we now know as the refrigerator.

Before he invented his device we had to bring in ICE from the mountains, and place that ICE with whatever we wanted to keep cool, in a self made hole in the ground.  This method of keeping items cold worked, but created pools of water after the ICE melted not to mention had to be attended to very frequently.

Elkins device used metal cooling coils which became very cold and would cool down items that they surrounded.   Elkins patented his device on November 4, 1879 patent #221,222.  An interesting fact someone posted on the internet, Thomas Elkins refrigerator was designed to chill human corpses.  I’m not sure if that was true or not but I thought it might be interesting information to add here.

Could you image a world without refrigeration?  I can’t…


3 Responses to Day 2 Thomas Elkins – 28 days of Black History in Technology

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  2. It sounds like this inventor’s device was a much-needed piece for the refrigerator. I can’t imagine a world without refrigerators. I get out of sorts when the power goes out and think…oh no what about the items in the refrigerator 🙂

  3. […] usually call for people to take another look at that idea and improve upon it.  As in the case of Thomas Elkins (Day 2) help with refrigeration system, John Standard another African American looked at […]

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