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Why Do People Back Home Think Money Grows On Trees Abroad?

It always baffles me when families, and friends in Nigeria always call those of us living abroad for ridiculous amount of money as if money goes on trees. They don't even consider what you r going through. What some ppl have left after paying for all the bills is not even enough to survive until the next check comes. I know of a someone who just arrive in US, the very next day, his siblings started calling asking for one thing or another. Mind u the fellow hasn't even started working cos he came on a student visa. Ppl call for cell phones, labtop, cars u name it, they want it. Someone called their sister for money to roof their house. Imagine that, here is someone struggling in US, can't even afford to buy a land for her own family and u r calling to roof your own house. Please friends and family from home, lets be considerate and understanding. When someone send u money, appreciate it, don't complain that it is not enough. A brother told his family members that he is now 100% student that he is not working right now. Guess what, they still call him for money, one of then said "bro I know u r not working right now, but what ever u have even if it is $50 please send it to me I am broke. Mind u, this person has a job in Nigeria o. Talk about selfishness and inconsideration. Why not convert your naira to dollars and send me a gift sometimes? Maybe those of u in Nigeria can shed some light onto this topic as to why u demand so much without thinking twice about the person's situation.

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i dont no 4 dem ohhhhhhhh

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Most important thing is to be strict on who can contact you. I don't have such wahala because its my few people have my phone number and if they mistakenly give it out that means i have to change it.

Importantly, people abroad should stop telling people back home what they are up to.

I hope it will work for others

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@ovieE, WHICH part of edo did u vist , am think of vist home soon, wat always scare me is that road from benin to lagos

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I think the nigeria bashers might have a point.

Life really looks frustrating even for people that are comfortable in nigeria.

As I'm hitting this keyboard a lot of nigerians are suffering.

We cant fuel our vehicles because petrol is scarce in Nigeria! You need to see long queues at fuel stations in town. But in all these problems we smile. Why! we have learnt to survive.

That is the driving force for many of us in Nigeria. It took some of us quite some time to get a good job, but we did get a job and life continues. We looked out for our folks, brothers, cousins though it wasnt convenient. But they appreciate us. In a nutshell we believe that things will get better while we suffer and smile for now.

@Poster,  Maybe people abroad just have that misconception that people back home thinks money grows on tree abroad.

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^ You're obviously missing the point. Too much patriotism is not good sef. You've been to NY, whoever made the post specifically said "Brooklyn", which is supposedly a "hood" in NY. It's expected that the roads would be bad but somehow, it looks better than the roads of Abuja, the "capital". Wow! Should Brooklyn even be compared to Abuja? This has nothing to do with bad-mouthing the country rather calling a spade exactly what it is.

And yea, there are people who "bad-mouth" as you put it while working towards making the country better. Kissing Bottom is of no use. The country is in a bad condition, for the most part. Why should people say otherwise?

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big lie whoever wrote this, i went to school in abuja and i have been in NY even though i reside in philly now

Abuja has the best roads in africa and better than most roads i see in american cities i have visited(east coast)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=863866

a word for the naija bashers on this thread,instead of bashing go home and try add to the development of the next generation of young Nigerians,u should not be bashing the country of your birth just because u live in america,like someone said,where were u when black ppl were being lynched and killed just for being black in america? most blacks then where poorer or still poorer than nigerians but u had ppl like mohammed ali,malcolm x,rosa parks etc stand up for them

go and stand up for the child in Nigeria,or quit abusing their fatherland, i know am out of here in the next 2yrs so my plans are set to make a difference back home and u will never catch me badmouthing my country where i was born and where i will die, life is short u enjoy electricity,u drive in good road in america,then u die, what have u achieved,nonsense

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I still smell you Nigeria

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Where in N.America do you live??

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I am living in N. America my life is really messed up I wanna go somewhere I

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It's not about talking cos we all can. It's action backed up by determination that will get us there.

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What dignifying job is in Nigeria? that must be a crude joke, i bet you work in a bank, dont you? A fast food worker in the US lives better than you guys. What kinda job is that when you leave your house from sunrise to sunset and still has little to show for it? glorified slaves. Nigeria is in deep trouble and it's sad the govt. dont even know it. The only thing Nigerian depend on as a source of revenue is becoming useless. Most of Nigeria's customers are now looking for alternative means of energy. The whole banking collapse in Nigeria was due to the crash in Oil prices. By december, most bank workers are scheduled to lose thier jobs. One of my cousins works at one of the failed banks and it's sad to say that i had to wire him some money because the bank did not pay their salary for 1 month! and he is a family man. Nigerian Govt. workers go months between salaries. Unless something a miracle happens, Nigeria is headed for the rocks.

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@disguy i didnt expect u to be that rude to a fellow guy but notin do u. Anywayz the woman has been leaving in italy for the past 30yrs and she doesnt have any responsibilties in naija. Guy i can talk like this cos i have worked in both environments both home nd abroad so i know what i am talkin about when i give the analysis but everytin is all about the favour of God, some pple will succeed abroad and some other will succeed at home. Its all good but pls next tyme be polite. Enjoy

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yes the thread is about opinion and views- and considering you are not alone on the thread you should be open to views that goes against yours

How can you compare a grown up with loads of responsibilities to a young person in another environment

Yes I know how many bills people pay- they are not paying it for the sake of it they are paying it for using it!

You sound like you don't like paying your NEPA bills back home, you just notice people actually work for their money?

its only illiterates and stubborn people that don't seek informations that are fooled by pictures, i mean who in their right mind will sell their properties, leave their job to relocate to another country on Visiting visa at the very first chance

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@disguy i dont know y nigerians are so silly, this thread is all about opinions and views, hw will someone say sometin and u call it daft u must be a bastard na people like u sell motor go abroad, if u like die for abroad wen u dey hustle, u silly bastard, abroad do u know many bills u wld ve to pay, u list them out, na pple like u go stay for abroad 30years andhave notin to show for it.

My ppl in naija stay at home dont all pple like disguy deceive u with pictures of abroad, naija is better. Fafranculo

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sometimes we throw out very daft comment in haste!

You are comparing a woman who's probably got kids herself, paid school fees of several people back home in nigeria and perhaps Italy, send money every other months to relatives/friends and relatives, probably waited long time to get her papers after paying agents for her travels, you didnt tell us her qualifications before or after travelling to Italy

is the woman 30 or she's lived in Italy for 30?

small boy

rent= ?

how much does he send to the village and to how many people/month

Qualifications?

apples n oranges

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for me, i am not in naija for nw, but i think that naija is better cos guy do u know hw many jobs u ve to do before u can be able to make good money, i know a nigerian woman that has lived in italy for 30years and she cant boast of 2 million naira while small boys workin in naija have 2m to spare. i dont know sha but this is my own opinion, my end point is still naija i cant stay in this town for long.

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It happens to peeps in naija as well. Some don't want what ur going through they just want u to give to them even if u have to borrow. Its just d poverty mindset.

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Since ppl at home are better off,y are u still in America?Y not come and let us know that u have nothing to offer.Going abroad to work in  morgue and wear l love America T shirt, u open ur mouth wide to abuse those at home.Take ur time?

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Hmmm seems like we are bordering on the brink of despair and

hopelessness,  Africans have contributed immensely to the development

of Industry and civilisation in modern times

Here is a list of Africa/Black Inventors

We should not that in the Late 19th and 20th Century the Wind

of Change and Innovation shifted from Western Europe

to North America and African played their part,

Lets us take note of History and learn from it

African-American/ Black Inventors 19th Centry

INVENTION  INVENTOR  DATE  PATENT

A

ALARM FOR BOILERS O'Conner/Turner Aug 25,1896  566,612

AMUSEMENT APPARATUS  Wormley, J.  Dec 19,1899  639,692

ANIMAL TRAP  Lee, H.  Feb 12,1867  611,867

ANIMAL TRAP (self-setting)  Campbell, W.S.  Aug 30,1881  246,369

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B

BAG CLOSURE Ross, A.L.  Jun 7,1898  605,343

BAG FASTENER  Purvis, W.B.  Apr 25,1882 639,692

BOILING PRESS  Gray, R.H.  Aug 28,1894  525,203

BAIT HOLDER  Walker, P.  Mar 8,1898  600,241

BASIN, PORTABLE  Haines, J.H.  Sep 28,1897  590,833

BASINS, CLOSETS, ETC (wastetrap for) Thomas, S.E.  Oct 4,1887  371,107

BATTERY, GALVANIC  Woods, G.T.  Aug 14,1881  387,839

BED, FOLDING  Bailey, L.C.  Jul 18,1899  629,286

BED, FOLDING (cabinet)  Goode, S.E.  Jul 14,1885  322,177

BEDS (guard attachment for)  Russell, L.A.  Aug 13,1895  544,381

BENDING MACHINE (metal)  Stewart/Johnson  Dec 27,1887  375,512

BICYCLE FRAME  Johnson, I.R.  Oct 10,1899  634,823

BICYCLE SUPPORT  Polk, A.J.  Apr 14,1896  558,103

BICYCLES (attachment for) Murray, W.  Jan 27,1891  445,452

BICYCLES (parcel carrier) Certain, J.M.  Dec 26,1899  639,708

BISCUIT CUTTER  Ashbome, A.P.  Nov 30,1875  170,460

BLIND STOP Pugsley, A.  Jul 29,1890  433,306

BOOT OR SHOE  Burwell, W.  Nov 28,1899  638,143

BOTTLE  Richardson, A.C.  Dec 12,1899  638,811

BOTTLE (non-refillable) Reynolds, R . R.  May 2,1899  624,092

BOTTLES (caps for)  JonesA./Long, A.  Sep 15,1898  610,715

BOTTLES(sealing attachment for)  Heamess, R.  Feb 15,1898  598,929

BRACKET (supporting)  Scrottron, S.R.  Sep 12,1893  505,008

BRAKE (electro mechanical)  Woods, G.T.  Aug 16,1887  368,265

BRAKE APPARATUS (electro-magnetic) Woods, G.T. Oct 18,1887  371,655

BREAD CRUMBLING MACHINE  Lee, J. Jun 4, 1895  540,553

BRIDGES (safety gate) Reynolds, H.H.  Oct 7, 1890  437,937

BRIDLE BIT  Brown, L.F. Oct 25,1892  484,994

BRIDLE BIT  Little, E.  Mar 7, 1882  254,666

BROOM (moisteners and bridles)  Benjamin, L.W.  May 16,1893  497,747 

BRUSH  Newman, L.D.  Nov 15,1898  614,335

BUCKET (ore)  Joyce, J.A.  Apr 26,1898  603,143

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C

CANOPY  Williams, C.  Feb 2,1892  468,747

CAR BALANCING DEVICE (magnetic)  Purvis, W.B.  May 21,1895  539,542

CAR COUPLER (Jenny coupler) Beard, A.J.  Nov 23,1897  594,059

CAR COUPLING (improvement)  Richey, C.W.  Jun 15,1897 584,650

CAR COUPLINGS (improvement) Byrd, T.J.  Dec 1,1874  157,370

CAR FENDER (detachable)  Heames S, R.  Jul 4,1899  628,003

CARBONS (manufacture of) Latimer, L.H.  Jun 17,1882  252,386

CARPET BEATING MACHINE  Church,T.R.  Jul 29,1884  302,237

CARPETS (cleaning composition)  Hyde, R.N.  Nov 6,1888  392,205

CARRIAGE (child's)  Richardson, W.H.  Jun 18,1889  405,599

CARS (extension steps)  White, D.L.  Jan 12,1897  574,969

CASH CARRIER  Blackburn, A.B.  Oct 23,1888  391,577

CASKET LOWERING DEVICE  Richardson, A.C  Nov 13,1894  529,311

CASTING  Thomas, S.E.  Jul 31,1888  386,941

CASTING COMPOSITE  Robingon, E.R.  Nov 23,1897 594,286

CHAIR FOLDING  Purdy/Sadgwar  Jun 11,1889 405,117

CHAIR SUPPORTING DEVICE  Ray, E.P.  Feb 21,1899  620,078

CHAIRS (gong and signal for hotels)  Benjamin, M.E.  Jul 17,1888  386,289

CHAIRS (swinging)  Johnson, P.  Nov 15,1881  249,530

CHURN  Richardson, A.C. Feb 17,1891  446,470

CIGARETTES (device for rolling) Sweeting, J.A.  Nov 30,1897  594,501

CIRCUITS, ELECTRIC (automatic safety for)  Woods, G.T.  Jan 1.1889  395,533

CIRCUITS, ELECTRIC (automatic safety cut-out for)  Woods, G. T. Oct 14,1890  438,590

CISTERN CLEANERS  Gray, R.H. Apr 9,1895  537,151

CLAMP JOINERS Fisher, D.A.  Apr 20,1875  162,281

CLOSETS (water)  Rhodes, J.B. Dec 19,1899  639,290

CLOTHES DRYER  Sampson, G.T.  Jun 7,1892  476,416

CLOTHES LINE SUPPORT  Allen, J.B.  Dec 10,1895  551,105

COCONUT (process preparing for domestic use)  Ashboume, A.P.  Jun 1,1875  163,962

COCONUT (process of treating)  Ashboume, A. P.  Aug 21,1877  194,387

COCONUT OIL (refining) Ashboume, A. P.  Jul 27,1880  230,518

COMMODE (chamber) Elkins, T. Jan 9,1872 122,518

COOLING AND DISINFECTING APPARATUS  Latimer, L. H.  Jan 12,1886  334,078

CORN HUSKING MACHINE Washington, W.  Aug 14,1883  283,173

CORN SHELLING DEVICE (hand)  Blue, L.  May 20,1884  298,937

CORNICE  Scrottron, S.R.  Jan 16,1883  270,851

CORNICE (adjustable window) Scrottron, S.R.  Feb 17,1880  224,732

COT (invalid) Cargill, B.F.  Jul 25,1899  629,658

COTTON CHOPPER  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,888

COTTON CHOPPER  Richardson, W.H.  Jun 1,1886  343,140 

COTTON MACHINE FOR CLEANING SEED Walker, P.  Feb 16,1897  577,153

COTTON SEED (combined)  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,891

CULTIVATOR (cotton) Sutton, E.H.  Apr 7,1874  149,543

CULTIVATOR AND MARKER  Murray, G.W. Apr 10,1894 517,961

CURLER (feather)  Roster, D.N.  Mar 10,1896  556,166

CURTAIN ROD  Scrottron, S.R.  Aug 30,1892 481,720

CURTAIN ROD SUPPORT  Grant, W.S. Aug 4,1896  565,075

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DINNER PAIL  Robinson, J.  Feb 1,1887  356,852

DOOR HOLDING DEVICE Dorsey, 0.  Dec 10,1878 210,764

drugs CUP  McCoy, E.  Sep 29,1891  460,215

DOUGH KNEADER Bell, L. Dec 10,1872  133,823

DOUGH KNEADER & ROLLER  Reed, J.W.  Sep 23,1884  305,474

DRAFT REGULATOR  Cornwell, P.W.  Oct 2,1888  390,284

DRAFT REGULATOR  Cornwell, P.W.  Feb 7,1893  491,082

DRIVING REINS HOLDER  Mendenhall, A.  Nov 28,1899  637,811 

DRY CLEANING PROCESS  Jennings, T.L.  Mar 3,1821  3306X

DRYING APPRATUS MATRIX  Jackson, B. F.  May 10,1898  603,879

DUST PAN  Ray, L.P.  Aug 3,1897  587,607

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E

EGG BEATER  Johnson, W.  Feb 5,1884  292,821

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM  Woods, G.T.  Oct 13,1896  569,443

ELEVATOR  Miles, A. Oct 11,1887  371,207

ELEVATOR DEVICE  Cooper, J.  Apr 2,1895  536,605

ENGINE ROTARY  Beard, A.J.  Jul 5,1892  478,271

ENGINE ROTARY  Taylor, B.H.  Apr 23,1878  202,888

ENVELOPE SEAL  Leslie F.W.  Sep 21,1897  590,325

EYE PROTECTOR GLASSES  Johnson, P.  Nov 2,1880  234,039

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F

FASTENER (key)  Loudin, F.J.  Jan 9,1894 512,308

FASTENER (sash)  Loudin, F.J. Dec 12,1892  510,432

FEED RACK  Shorter, D.W.  May 17,1887  363,089

FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTER  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,889

FILE HOLDER  Pinn, T.B.  Aug 17,1880  231,355

FIRE ESCAPE (portable) McCree, D.  Nov 11,1890  440,322

FIRE ESCAPE BRACKET  Richey,C.W.  Dec 28,1897  596,427

FIRE ESCAPE LADDER  Winters, J.R.  May 7,1878  203,517

FIRE ESCAPE LADDER Winters, J.R.  Apr 8,1879 214,224

FIRE EXTINGUISHER  Marshall,T.J.  May 26,1872  125,063 

FISHING DEVICE  Cook, G.  May 30,1899  625,829

FLAGS (making)  Bowman, H.A.  Feb 23,1892  469,395

FOUNTAIN PEN  Purvis, W.B.  Jan 7,1890  419,065

FURNACE (steam boiler)  Woods, G.T.  Jun 3,1884  299,894

FURNITURE CASTOR  Fisher, D.A. Mar 14,1876  174,794

FURROW OPENER AND STALK KNOCKER (combined) Murray, G.W.  Apr 10,1894  517,960

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GAUGE  Holmes, E.H.  Nov 12,1895  549,513

GAUGE, STEAM  O'Conner/Turner Aug 25,1896  566,613

GAME APPARATUS  Nance, L.  Dec 1,1891  464,035

GAME BOARD DESIGN  Moody, W.U.  May 11,1897  D27,046

GAS BURNER  Jackson, B.F.  Apr 4,1899  622,482

GAS OIL PIPES (automatic stop plug for)  Cosgrove, W.F.  Mar 17,1885  313,993

GOLF TEE  Grant, G.F.  Dec 12,1899  638,920

GRAIN BINDER  Marshall, W.  May 11,1886  341,589

GRAIN BINDER  Smith, P.D.  Feb 23,1892  469,279

GRIDIRON  Hawkins, J.  Mar 26,1845  3,973

GUARD (for companion ways and hatches)  Queens, W.  Aug 18,1891  458,131

GUITAR  Fleming, R.F. Jr  Mar 3, 1886  338,727

GUN (spring)  Lewis, E. R.  May 3, 1887  362,096

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H

HAME ATTACHMENT  Abrams, W.B.  Apr 14,1891  450,550

HAME FASTENER  Richardson, A.C.  Mar 14,1882  255,022

HAMMER (foot power)  Headen, M.  Oct 5,1886  350,363

HAMMOCK AND STRETCHER (combined)  Rickey, C.V.  Dec 13,1898  615,907

HARNESS ATTACHMENT  Coolidge, J.S.  Nov 13,1888  392,908

HARNESS ATTACHMENT  Hawkins, R.  Oct 4,1887  370,943

HATRACK AND TABLE (combined)  Ballow, W.J.  Mar 29,1898  601,422

HEADREST (shampoo)  Bailiff, C.O.  Oct 11,1898  612,008

HEATING APPARATUS  Jackson, B.F.  Mar 1,1898  599,985

HORSE DETACHERS  Dunnington, J.H.  Mar 16,1897  578,979

HORSES (apparatus for detaching horses from carriages)  Byrd, T.J.  Mar 10,1872  124,790

HORSES (improvement in holder for reins)  Byrd, T.J.  Feb 8,1872  123,328

HORSES (overboot)  Coates, R.  Apr 19,1892  473,295

HORSES (overshoe)  Ricks, J.  Jun 6,1899  626,245

HORSESHOE  Brown, O.E.  Aug 23,1892  481,271

HORSESHOE  Ricks, J.  Mar 30,1886  338,781

HORSESHOE  Outlaw, J.W.  Nov 15,1898  614,273

HOSE LEAK STOP  Dorticus, C.J.  Jul 18,1899  629,315

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ICE CREAM MOLD  Cralle, A.L.  Feb 2,1897  576,395

INSECT DESTROYER  Richardson, A.C.  Feb 23,1849  620,362

IRONING BOARD  Boone, S.  Apr 26,1892  473,653

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KNEADING MACHINE  Lee, J.  Aug 7,1894  524,042

KNIFE DESIGN (rubber scraping) Booker, L.F. Mar 28,1899  30,404

KNIFE AND SCOOP (combined)  Sweeting, J.A. Jun 7,1898  605,209

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LADDER SCAFFOLD SUPPORT  Bailes, W.  Aug 5,1879  218,154

LAMP, ELECTRIC  Lattimore, L. Sep 13,1881  247,097

LAMP, MINER'S (brackets for)  Watts, J.R.  Mar 7,1893  493,137

LAMPS, ELECTRIC (globe supporter for)  Tregoning/Lattimore  Mar 21,1882  255,212

LASTING MACHINE  Matzeliger, J.E.  Mar 20,1883  274,207

LASTING MACHINE Matzeliger, J.E. Sep 22,1891  459,899

LAWN MOWER  Burr, J.A.  May 8,1899  624,749

LAWN MOWER ATTACHMENT  Johnson, D.  Sep 10,1889  410,836

LAWN MOWER ATTACHMENT  Peterson, H.  Apr 30,1889  402,189

LAWN MOWERS (grass receivers) Johnson, D.  Jun 10,1890  429,629

LAWN SPRINKLER  Smith, J.H.  May 4,1897  581,785

LAWN SPRINKLER Smith, J.H.  Mar 22,1898  601,065

LAWN SPRINKLER DESIGN  McCoy, E.  Sep 26,1899  631,549

LEMON SQUEEZER  White, J.T.  Dec 8,1896  572,849

LETTER BOX  Becket, G.E.  Oct 4,1892  483,325

LETTER BOX (street)  Downing, P.B.  Oct 27,1891  462,096

LIFE-PRESERVING STOOL  Nash, H.H.  Oct 5,1875  168,519

LIFE-SAVING APPARATUS  Wormley, J.  May 24,1881  242,091

LINIMENT  Snow/Jones  Oct 7,1890  437,728

LOCK  Martin, W.A. Jul 23,1889  407,738

LOCK Martin, W.A.  Dec 30,1890  443,945

LOCOMOTIVE SMOKE STACK  Bell, L.  May 23,1871  115,153

LOCOMOTIVES (life-saving guard)  Robinson, J.H. Mar 14,1899  621,143

LUBRICATOR  McCoy, E.  May 27,1873  139,407

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Mar 28,1882  255,443

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jul 18,1882  261,166

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E. Jan 9,1883  270,238

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jun 16,1885  320,379

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Feb 8,1887  357,491

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  May 29,1888  383,745

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E. May 29,1888  383,746

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Dec 29,1891  465,875

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Mar 1,1892  470,163

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Apr 5,1892  472,066

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jun 6,1893  498,809

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Sep 13,1898  610,634

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Oct 4,1898  611,759

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jun 27,1899  627,623

LUBRICATOR  McCoy/Hodges  Dec 24,1889  418,139

LUBRICATOR ATTACHMENT  McCoy, E.  Apr 19,1887  361,435

LUBRICATOR (for safety valves)  McCoy, E.  May 24,1887  363,529

LUGGAGE CARRIER  Butts, J.W.  Oct 10,1899  634,611

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MAILBOX  Downing, P.B.  Oct 27,1891  462,093

MANDOLIN AND GUITAR (attachment for pianos)  Nickerson,W.J.  Jun 27,1899  627,739

MESSAGES BY ELECTRICITY  Woods, G.T.  Apr 7,1885  315,368

MOP  Stewart, T.W.  Jun 13,1893  499,402

MOTOR  Gregory, J.  Apr 26,1887  361,937

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NAILING MACHINE  Matzeliger, J.E. Feb 25,1896  421,954

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OIL CUP McCoy, E. Nov 15,1898  614,307

OIL HEATER AND COOKER  Newson, S.  May 22,1894  520,188

OVERCOMING DEAD CENTERS  Johnson, W.H.  Feb 4,1886 554,223

OVERSHOE  Rickman, A.L.  Feb 8,1898  598,816

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PAINT (vehicle) Johnson, W.A.  Dec 4,1888  393,763 

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Feb 12,1884  293,353

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Jan 28,1890  420,099

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B. Jun 24,1890  430,684

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Aug 19,1890  434,461

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Sep 2,1890  435,524

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Sep 22,1891  460,093

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  May 8,1894  519,348

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  May 8, 1894  519,349

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Dec 11,1894  530,650

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B. Mar 9,1897  578,361

PAPERS (receptable for storing and preserving)  Brown, H.  Nov 2,1886  352,036

PASSENGER REGISTER  Romain, A.  Apr 23,1889  402,035 

PENCIL SHARPENER  Love, J.L.  Nov 23,1897  594,114

PHONETERISM  Mitchell, G.I.  Jan 1,1884  291,071

PHOTO EMBOSSING (machine for)  Dorticus, C.J.  Apr 16,1895  537,442

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT WASH  Dorticus, C.J.  Apr 23,1895  537,968

PIANO TRUCK  Linden, H.  Sep 8,1891  459,365

PILLOW SHAM HOLDER  Williams, J.P.  Oct l,1899  634,784

PIPE CONNECTION  Thomas, S.E. Oct 9,1888  390,821

PLANTER  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,887

PLANTER Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,890 

PLASTER'S HAWK  Love, J.L.  Jul 9,1895  542,419

POLE TIP  Scrottron, S.R.  Sep 21,1886  349,525

POOL TABLE ATTACHMENT  Griffin, F.W.  Jun 13,1899  626,902

POTATO DIGGER  Smith, P.D.  Jan 21,1891  445,206

PRINTING PRESS  Lavalette, W.A.  Sep 17,1878  208,208

PROPELLER FOR VESSELS  Toliver, G.  Apr 28,1891  451,086

PUNCH  Brooks, C.B.  Oct 31,1893  507,672

PURCHASING MACHINE  Stewart, E.W.  May 3,1887  362,190

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RACKS (for hats, coats, etc.) Latimer, L.H.  Mar 24,1896  557,076

RAIL CARS (window ventilator)  Reynolds, H.H.  Apr 23,1883  275,271 

RAILROAD (electric switch for)  Downing, P.B.  Jun 17,1890  430,118 

RAILWAY-ELECTRIC  Purvis, W.B.  May 1,1894  519,291 

RAILWAY-ELECTRIC (overhead conducting system)  Woods, G.T.  May 29,1888  383,844 

RAILWAY-ELECTRIC  Woods, G.T.  Jun 26,1888  385,934

RAILWAY CARS (water closets for)  Brown/Latimer  Feb 10,1874  147,363 

RAILWAY CONDUIT (electric) Woods, G.T.  Nov 21,1893  509,065 

RAILWAY SIGNAL  Blackburn, A.B.  Jan 10,1888  376,362 

RAILWAY SUPPLY SYSTEM (electric)  Woods, G.T.  Oct 31,1893 507,606 

RAILWAY SWITCH  Jackson, W.H.  Mar 9,1897  578,641 

RAILWAY SWITCH Jackson, W.H.  Mar 16,1897  593,665

RAILWAY SWITCH  Richey, C.V.  Aug 3,1897  587,657

RAILWAY SWITCH  Richey, C.V.  Oct 26,1897  592,448

RAILWAY SWITCH (electric)  Purvis, W.B. Aug 17,1897  588,176 

RAILWAY SYSTEM (electric)  Woods, G.T.  Nov 10,1891  463,020 

RAILWAY SYSTEM  Woods, G.T.  Jun 26,1888  385,034 

RAILWAY TROLLEY  Robinson, E.R.  Sep 18,1893  505,370 

RAILWAYS (switching device for)  Burr, W.F.  Oct 31,1899  636,197

RANGE  Carrington,T.A.  Jul 25,1876  180,323 

RAZOR STROPPING DEVICE  Grenon, H.  Feb 18,1896  554,867

REAPER Murray, G.W. Jun 5, 1894 529,892

REEL CARRIER  Morehead, K.  Oct 6,1896  568,916

REFRIGERATING APPARATUS Elkins, T.  Nov 4,1879  221,222

REFRIGERATOR  Stanard, J.  Jul 14,1894  455,891

REGISTERS  Hilyer, A.F.  Oct 14,1859  438,159

REGISTERS (water attachment, hot air)  Hilyer, A.F.  Aug 26,1890  435,095

RELAY-POLARIZED  Woods, G.T.  Jul 5,1887  366,192

RELAY INSTRUMENT  Woods, G.T.  Jul 7,1887  364,610

RUNNER FOR STOPS  Ross, A.L.  Aug 4,1896  565,301

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SADDLES (riding)  Davis, W.D.  Oct 6,1896  568,939

SCAFFOLD  Pickett, H.  Jun 30,1874  152,511

SCALES (portable weighing)  Hunter, J.H.  Nov 3,1896  570,553

SCREENS (separating) Edmonds, T.H.  Jul 20,1897  586,724

SCRUBBING FRAME  Watkins, I.  Oct 7,1890  437,849

SEED PLANTER  Blair, H.  Oct 14,1834  8,447X

SETTEES (convertible)  Evans, J.H.  Oct 5,1897  591,095

SHIELD (portable for infantry)  Spears, H.  Dec 27,1870  110,599

SHOE  Deitz, W.A.  Apr 30,1867 64,205

SHOE OR BOOT  Burwell, W.  Nov 28,1899  638,143

SHOE (ventilated) Faulkner, H.  Apr 29,1890  426,495

SHOEMAKER'S CABINET OR BENCH Waller, J.W.  Feb 3,1880 224,253

SHOEMAKER'S JACK  Cooper, A. R. Aug 22,1899  631,519

SHOES (device for applying liquids to side of soles and heels)  Dorticus, C.J.  Mar 19,1895  535,820

SHUTTER AND FASTENING  Cooper, J.  May 1,1883  276,563

SIGN (design for)  Barnes, G.A.E.  Aug 19,1898  29,193

SLED PROPELLER  Sampson, G.T. Feb 17,1885  312,388

SLEEPING CAR BERTH REGISTER  Shanks, S.C.  Jul 21,1897  587,165

SNOW MELTING APPARATUS  Ferrell, F.J.  May 27,1890  428,670

SPOON (design for) Purdy/Peters  Apr 23,1895  24,228

SPRINKLING APPARATUS (street) Bing, A.M.W.  Jul 22,1879  217,843

STAMP (hand) Purvis, W.B.  Feb 27,1883  273,149

STATION INDICATOR  Stewart, T. Jun 20,1893  499,895

STEAM CYCLINDER LUBRICATOR  McCoy, E. Feb 1,1876  173,032

STEAM CYCLINDER LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jul 4,1876  179,585

STEAM DOME  McCoy, E.  Jun 16,1885  320,354

STEAM ENGINE (direct acting)  Winn, F.  Dec 4,1888  394,047 

STEAM ENGINES (lubricator for)  McCoy, E.  Jul 23,1872  129,843 

STEAM ENGINES (lubricator for) McCoy, E.  Aug 6,1872  130,305

STEAM LUBRICATOR  McCoy, E.  Jan 20,1874  146,697

STOVE (OIL)  Stanard, J.  Oct 29,1889  413,689

STREET CAR FENDER  Cherry, M.A. Jul 29,1884  302,237

STREET CARS (life saving guard for)  Robinson, J.H.  Apr 25,1899  623,929

STREET SWEEPERS  Brooks, C.B.  Mar 17,1896  556,711

STREET SWEEPERS Brooks, C.B. May 12,1896 560,154

STREET SWEEPERS  Brooks/Hallstead/Page Apr 21,1896  558,719

SWITCH (automotive locking)  Jackson, W.H.  Aug 23,1898  609,436

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TABLE (banquet extension) Harding, F.H.  Nov 22,1898  614,468

TABLE (caterer's tray) Perryman, F. R.  Feb 2,1892  468,038

TABLE (dining, ironing table, and quilting frame combined)  Elkins, T.  Feb 20,1870  100,020

TABLE (ironing)  McCoy, E.  May 12,1874  150,876

TABLE (kitchen)  Jackson, H.A. Oct 6,1896  596,135

TABLE (library)  Davis, W.R.jr  Sep 24,1878  208,378

TABLE (rotary dining)  Johnson, D.  Jan 15,1889  396,089

TABLE (self leveling)  Allen, C.W.  Nov 1,1898  613,436

TACKS (mechanism for distributing)  Matzeliger, J.E.  Mar 25,1890  423,937

TACKS (separating mechanism)  Matzeliger, J.E.  Mar 25,1890  423,937

TELEGRAPH SYSTEM INDUCTION  Woods, G.T.  Nov 29,1887  373,915

TELEGRAPHY (railway)  Woods, G.T. Nov 15,1887 373,383

TELEGRAPHY (railway) Woods, G.T.  Aug 28,1888  388,803

TELEPHONE SYSTEM APPARATUS  Woods, G.T,   Oct 11,1887  371,241

TELEPHONE TRANSMITTER  Woods, G.T,   Dec 2,1884  308,817

TONIC  Davis, I.D.  Nov 2,1886  351,829

TOOLS (edged device for sharpening)  Purdy, W.  Oct 27,1896  570,337

TOOLS (device for sharpening edged Purdy, W.  Aug 16,1898  609,367

TRAIN ALARM  Butler, R.A.J.  Jun 15,1897 584,540

TRAP FEEDER (steam)  Creamer, H.  Dec 11,1888  394,463

TRAPS (steam)  Ferrell, F. J.  Feb 11,1890  420,993

TRAPS (steam)  Creamer, H. Mar 8,1887  358,964

TRAPS (steam) Creamer, H.  Jan 17,1888  376,586

TRAPS (steam) Creamer, H.  May 28,1889  404,174

TRAPS (steam) Creamer, H.  Aug 18,1891 457,983

TRESTLE  Dare, O.B.  Oct 9,1888  390,753

TROUSERS (support)  Ross, A.L.  Nov 28,1899  638,068

TRUSS AND BANDAGE COMBINED  Bailey, L.C.  Sep 25,1883  285,545

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UMBRELLA STAND  Carter, W.C.  Aug 4,1885  323,397

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VALVE  Ferrell, F. J.  May 27,1890  428,671

VALVE Ferrell, F.J.  Nov 10,1891  462,762

VALVE Ferrell, F. J.  Jan 26,1892  467,796

VALVE Ferrell, F. J.  Feb 2,1892  468,242

VALVE Ferrell, F. J. Feb 9,1892  468,334

VALVE Ferrell, F. J.  Jan 17,1893  490,227

VALVE Ferrell, F.J.  Jul 18,1893  501,497

VEHICLE SEAT BARS (machine for) Stewart, E . W.  Mar 22,1887  373,698

VELOCIPEDE  Cherry, M.A. May 8,1888  382,351

VELOCIPEDE  Johnson, W  Jun 20,1899  627,335

VENTILATION AID  Darkins, J.T. Feb 19,1895  534,322

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WAGON  West, J.W  Oct 18,1870  108,419

WAGONS  Byrd, T.J.  Apr 30,1872  126,181

WASHING VEHICLES, APPARATUS FOR  Pheips, W.H.  Mar 23,1897  579,242

WATER TRAP (steam feed)  Creamer, H.  Mar 17,1895  313,854

WEATHER SHIELD  West, E.H.  Sep 5,1899  632,385

WINDOW CLEANER  Lewis, A.L.  Sep 27,1892  483,359

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YARN APPARATUS FOR HOLDING YARN SKEINS  Hammonds, J.F.  Dec 15,1886  572,985

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INVENTION  INVENTOR  DATE  PATENT

A

AEROPLANES (an improvement)  Hale, Wm.  April 7, 1925 1,563,278

AEROPLANES (propelling means for)  Adams, J.S  Oct. 19, 1920 1,356,329

AIR CONDITIONING (method for)  Jones, F.M.  Dec. 7, 1954 2,696,086

AIR CONDITIONING UNIT  Jones, F.M.  July 12, 1949  2,475,841

AIR SHIP  Pickering, J. Feb. 20, 1900  643,975

AIRCRAFT (man powered glider) Prather, A.  Feb. 6, 1973  3,715,011

AIRPLANE (safety device) Julian, H.  May 24, 1921  1,379,264

ANHYDROUS ALKALINE EARTH HALIDES (preparation of)  Taylor, M.  Aug.6, 1957 2,801,899 

ANHYDROUS LITHLUM SALTS (preparation of)  Taylor, M.  Aug 14, 1962 3,049.406

ANISOTROPIC BORON NITRIDE (preparing non laminating method)  Smith,B. et al  Oct 1, 1985  4,544,535

ANTENNA LINEARLY POLARIZED MONOPULSE LOBING, ETC  Kelly, K.C.  Nov 9, 1962  3,063,049 

ANTENNA TESTING SHIELD Jones,H.S. et al Apr 10, 1962  3,029,430 

ANTIOXIDANT COMPOSITION  Hall, L.A.  Aug 14, 1956  2,758,931

ANTIOXIDANT MATERIAL AND USE OF  Hall, L.A.  Nov 27, 1956 2,772,169 

APPLIANCE CARRIER  Flowers, D.  Jul 18, 1995  5,433,359 

APRON (BARBER'S)  Mathis, N.  Oct 7, 1975  D237,O22 

ARTILLERY AMMUNITION TRAINING ROUND  Buford, G.S.,S.r  Feb 13, 1951  2,541,025

ASPHALT EMULSION AND MANUFACTURE OF  Hall, L.A.  Oct.18, 1932  1,882,834 

ASSEMBLING AND DISAMBLING MACHINE  Taylor, A.J.  Jun 6, 1942  2,286,695

ATMOSPHERE (APPARATUS FO HEATING OF COOLING WITHIN AN ENCLOSURE)  Jones, F.M. Oct 24, 1950  2,526,874

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BACK WASHER MOUNTED ON SHOWER WALL  Kenner, M.B.  Sep 9, 1987  4,696,068

BATHROOM TISSUE HOLDER  Kenner, M.B.  Oct 19, 1982  4,354,643

BED RACK  Bradberry, H. May 25, 1943  2,320,027

BLOCKS  Brisco, J.R.  Apr 9, 1968  3,376,682

BOOKCASE  Harper, J.H.,Jr.  June 6, 1961  Dl90,500

BOOT OR SHOE  Gunn, S.W. Jan 16, 1900  641,642

BOX (Shadow)  Scott, J.C. Oct 1, 1968  D212,334

BRAKE (Automatic air)  Woods, G.T.  Jun 10, 1902  701,981

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CAR PARK  Gilliard, J  Nov 20, 1956  2,771,200

CARD GAME (Chemical)  Forbes, D.A.  Apr 17, 1934  D91,996

CARD GAME (Family relationship)  Smith, M.A.  Oct 28, 1980  4,230,321

CARRIER ATTACHMENT (for invalid walkers)  Kenner, M.B.  Sep 10, 1975  3,957,071 

CATALYSTS (Reactivating hydro-forming)  Brown, Henry  Oct 22, 1968  3,407,135 

CESIUM AQUEOUS SOLUTION BY ION EXCHANGER (removal of)  Russell, E.R.  Jan 3, 1967  3,296,123 

CHAIR (Folding)  Beckley, C.P.  Dec 24, 1974  3,856,345

CIGARETTE HOLDER AND ASH TRAY  Stephens, G.B.  Sep 11, 1956  2,762,377

CIRCUIT GATING (Transitorized)  Emile, P.E.  May 2, 1961  2,982,868 

CIRCUIT MULTIVIBRATOR TRANSISTORIZED  Emile, P.E.  Nov 24, 1961 3,005,963 

CIRCUIT PRESETTABLE BISTABLE  Cox, E.L. et al  Aug 1, 1967  3,334,245

CLOCK AND WALL PLAQUE (Combined)  Jordan, J.H., Jr.  Jun 22, 1971  D220,965   

COIN CHANGER MECHANISM  Bauer, J.A.  Jan 20, 1970  3,490,571

COMPRESSOR, ROTARY  Jones, F.M.  Apr 18, 1950  2,504,841

CONTAINER (Non-capsized)  Elder, C.L.  Feb 6, 1968 3,367,525

CONTROLLER (Power)  Hopkins, H.C. Nov 3, 1987  4,704,570

COPOLYMER, ACRYLIC (Preparation of water soluble, etc) Woodard, D.G.  Apr 6, 1971  3,574,175

COPPER (Preparation of water soluble,etc) Jackson, H.  Apr 1, 1969  3,436,233

CORN PLANTER (Check row)  Mitchell, J.M.  Jan 16, 1900 641,462 

CORTISONE (Preparation of)  Julian, P.L.  Aug 10, 1954  2,752,339 

COSMETIC AND PROCESS OF PRODUCING  Carver, G.W.  Jan 6, 1925  1,522,176

COUPLING VALVED (Quick disconnect)  Gill, V.  Aug 9, 1960 2,948,553 

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DATA PROCESSOR PROCEDURE (entry for)  Dent, B.A.  Dec 15, 1970  3,548,384

DIAL OPERATIONS DEVICE (programmable external)  Gurley, C.E.  Apr 7, 1970  3,505,483

DIFFUSER COLD (method and means of defrosting)  Jones, F.M.  Jan 19, 1954 2,666,298 

DOOR CHECK  Lovell, H.R.  Sep 13, 1932  D87,753

DOORBAR LATCH  Logan, E.L., Jr.  Jul 13, 1971  3,592,497 

DRESSER  Jordan, J.H.,Jr  Feb 16,91971  D21 9,927

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ELECTRICAL TRANSLATING DEVICES (regulating and controlling)  Woods, G.T. Sep 3, 1901  681,786

ELECTRODE (vertical liquid, etc)  Cotton, D.J.  Aug 9, 1977  4,040 932

ELECTROGAS (dynamic "M and D" apparatus)  Gourdine, M.C.  Jun 19, 1969  3,449,667

ENCAPSULATION PROCESS AND ITS PRODUCT (energy conversion system, closed cycle)  Cosby, T.L. July 30, 1974  3,826,092

ENGINE (two cycle gas) Jones, F.M.  Mar 11, 1947  2,417,253

ENGINE (two cycle internal combustion) Jones, F.M.  Nov 28, 1950 2,522,273

ENGINE COMBUSTION INTERNAL (control device for)  Jones, F.M.  Sep 2, 1958 2,850,001

ENGINE,GAS (two-cycle) Jones, F.M.  May 29, 1945  2,376,968

ENGINES, GAS (means for thermostatically operating)  Jones. F.M.  Jul 26, 1949  2,477,377

EXHAUST PURIFIER  Stokes, R.  Apr 16, 1968  3,378,241

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FIRE ESCAPE MECHANISM (EMERGENCY)  Huntley, J.B.  Apr 29, 1975 3,880,255

FIREPLACE DAMPER (ACTUATING TOOL)  Ammons, V.M.  Sep 3O, l975  3,908,633

FLAME RETARDANT  Garner, A.Y. Nov 2, 1976  3,989,702

FOOT WARMER  Thompson, J.A., Jr.  May 25, 1946  2,442,026

FRUIT BOWL WALL HANGING KIT (embroidered)  Cowans, B. et al  Apr 5, 1977 4,016,314

FRUIT PRESS  Turner, M.M.  Apr 25, 1916  1,180,959

FUEL CELL (BIOCHEM)  Perry, J., Jr. Nov 8, 1966  3,284,239

FUELS, LASER (carbon dioxide)  Lee, L.H.  Mar 8, 1977 4,011,116

FUR AND MATERIAL - DRESSING EQUIPMENT (thermostatic controlled)  Harper, S.  Jun 21, 1955  2,711,095

FURNACE (heating)  Parker, A.H.  Dec 23, 1919  1,325,905

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GAMES (improvement)  Smith, J.W.  Apr17, 1900  647,887

GEAR SHIFT (automatic)  Spikes, R.B.  Dec 6, 1932  1,889,814

GREASE COMPOSITION FLUOROCARBON POLYMERS, ETC.  Christian, J.B.  Oct 27, l970  3,536,624

GREASE COMPOSITION (use at high temperature)  Christian, J.B.  Jan 31, 1970  3,518,189 

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HAIR CURLERS (thermostatic controlled)  Harper, S.  Aug ll, l953 2,648,757

HAIR, HUMAN, ANIMAL, & SYNTHETIC (treating with water-proofing composition) Scott, H.L. Mar 9, 1971  3,568,685

HAIR TREATING IMPLEMENT (electrical)  Harper, S. Aug 5, 1930 1,772,002

HAT, RAIN  Snowden, M.  Apr 5,1983  4,378,606

HELICOPTER  Williams, P.E.  Nov 27, 1962  3,065,933

HYDROXYLAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE (production)  Leonard, H., Jr.  Jan 28, 1964  3,119,657

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IMAGE CONVERTER FOR DECT ELECTROMAGNETIC, ETC.  Carruthers, G.R.  Nov 11, 1969  3,478,216

INDUCTOR (ceramic))  Muckelroy, W.L.  May 2l, 1974  3,812,442

ISOMERIZATION ( combined)  Brown, H.T.  Sep 19, 1961  3,000,995

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JOINT, FLUID  Taylor, A.J.  Jan 13, 1948  2,434,629

JOINT,UNIVERSAL (flexible & transparent lubricant housing for)  Tate, C.W.  Jan 28, l969  3,423,959

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LAMINAR FLUID "NOR" ELEMENT  Walker, M.L., Jr  Nov 18, l969 3,478,764

LAMP FIXTURE  Latimer, L.H.  Aug lO, 1910  968,787

LAVATORY AND TOILET TISSUE (moist dry)  Thompson, J.A., Jr.  Nov 25, l975 3,921,802

LAWN MOWER  Nokes, C.  Feb 12, l963  3,077,060

LEADLESS MICRO-MINIATOR INDUCTANCE ELEMENT, ETC.  Muckelroy, W.L.  Sep l2, 1972  3,691,497 

LUBRICATOR  Elijah, M.C.  Mar 2, 1926  1,574,983

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MACHINE, ROTARY  Cosby, T.L.  Jul 22, 1969  3,456,594

MAGNETIC MODULATOR (distributed pulse forming network for microwave phase shift device.)  Stafford, O.C.  Aug 4, 1970 3,522,558

MILK BOTTLE COMBINATION OPENER AND BOTTLE COVER  Spikes, R.B.  Jun 29, 1926  1,590,557 

MILK BOTTLE STOPPER  Sluby, T.B.  Feb 4, 1913  1,052,289

MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS (bi-directional)  Elder, C.L.  Dec 8, 1976 4,000,000

MONOLITHIC PLANAR DOPED BARRIER LIMITER  Dixon, S., Jr  Mar 31, 1987  4,654,609

MONOLITHIC PLANAR DOPED BARRIER SUBHARMONIC MIXER  Dixon, S., Jr  Jan 7, 1986 4,563,773 

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OPTICAL APPARATUS  Howard, D.C.  Jan 24, 1939  2,145,116

OPTICAL CELL (high pressure for microwave phase shift device)  Weir, C.E.  Feb 26, 1963 3,079,505

OXIDE (method for growing, etc)  Dugger C.O.  Jul 27, 1971  3,595,808 

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PAINT AND STAIN (PROCESS FOR PRODUCING)  Carver, G.W.  Jun 9, 1925 1,541,478

PAINT (PROCESS OF PRODUCING PAINTS AND STAINS)  Carver, G.W.  Jun 14, 1927  1,632,365 

PAINT SYSTEM (electrostatic)  Turner, A.H.  Jan 16, 1962  3,017,115 

PAINTING, ELECTROSTATIC  Turner, A.H.  Sep 18, 1962 3,054,697

PAPAIN COMPOSITION (manufacturing stable dry)  Hall, L.A.  Mar 15, 1949  2,464,200

PERISHABLES (method for preserving)  Jones, F.M. Feb 12, 1957 2,780,923 

PLATFORM (flying landing)  Booker, P.  Oct 10, 1961  3,003,717

POLYMERS (novel phosphony)  Garner, A.Y.  Mar 3, 1964  3,127,357 

POLYSTYRENE (high impact)  Leonard, H.,Jr.  Jun 22, 1971  3,586,740 

POWER GENERATING APPARATUS  Peterson, C.A., Jr  Jul 9, 1968  3,391,903

PRESSURE COOKER AND SMOKER (aromatic)  Lee, M.W., Sr.  Sep 29, 1959  2,906,191 

PRINTING (assembled composition)  Bankhead, C.A.  Jul 16, 1963  3,097,594

PUNCTURE, CEILING COMPOSITION AND MANUFACTURE OF  Hall, L.A.  Sep 5, 1944  2,357,650

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RACK (mobile utility)  Harper, D  Apr 12, 1960  D187,654

RADIATORS (conformal edge-slot)  Jones, H. et al  Sep 27, 1977  4,051,480

RADOME (method of making)  Howard, D.M.  Jun 24, 1969  3,451,127

RAILROADS (safety system for operating)  Dammon, W.H.  Jun 19, 1906 823,513

RAILWAY BRAKES  Woods, L. et al Mar 29, 1904  755,825

RAILWAY, ELECTRIC  Woods, G.T.  May 26, 1903  729,481

RAILWAY ELECTRIC Woods, G.T.  Jan 29, 1901  667,110

RAILAY, ELECTRIC Woods, G.T.  Nov 19, 1901 687,098

RAILWAY SWITCH (electrically controlled and operated)  Williams, P.B.  Jan 15, 1901 666,080

RAILWAY SYSTEM, ELECTRIC  Woods, G.T.  Jul 9,1901  678,086

RAILWAY SYSTEM ELECTRIC Woods, G.T.  Jan 13, 1903  718,183

RAILWAY TRACK SWITCH (electro-magnetic electrical)  Williams, P.B.  Apr 24, 1900  648,092 

RECEPTABLE SUPPORT (portable)  Griffin, B.V.  Apr 24, 1951  2,550,554 

REFRIGERATION CONTROL DEVICE  Jones, F.T.  Jan 8, 1952  2,581,956

REFRIGERATION UNITS  Jones, F.T.  May 2, 1950  2,509,099 

REFRIGERATOR (construction prefrabricated)  Jones, F.T.  Dec 12, 1950  2,535,682 

ROCKET CATAPULT  MacDonald, H.D.  Jun 3, 1969  3,447,767

ROCKET ENGINE PUMP FEED SYSTEM  Samms, A.  Sep 10, 1961  3,000,179

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SANITARY BELT  Kenner, M.B.  May 15, 1956  2,745,406 

SATELLITES (mass release mechanism for)  Hull, W.E.  Jan 28, 1969  3,424,403 

SCOURING PADS (stainless steel)  Benjamin,A.  Jun 19, 1962  3,039,125 

SECURITY SYSTEM, ETC (home)  Brown, V.B. Dec 2, 1969  3,482,037 

SHACKLE (adjustable)  Frye, I. S.  Sep 23, 1969  3,468,123 

SHOCK ABSORBER (hydraulic)  Sanderson, R.W.  Jan 9, 1968  3,362,742 

SIGNAL GENERATOR  Ancker,B.J  Nov 22, 1966  3,287,659 

STARTER GENERATOR  Jones, F.M.  Jul 12, 1949  2,475,842 

STERILIZING FOODSTUFF  Hall, L.A.  Feb 8, 1938  2,107,697 

STEROLS (recovery of)  Julian, P.L.  Oct 22, 1940  2,218,971 

SWEEPSTAKE PROGRAMMER  Elder, C.  Jan 19, 1971  3,556,531 

SWITCH, TIMING (sublimation)  Hull, W.E.  Nov 15, 1966  3,286,064 

SYRINGE (disposable)  Brooks, P.  Apr 9,1974  3,802,434 

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2~FLURO-2-DINITROETHANOL (process for the synthesis of)  Nauflette, G.W.  Mar 28, 1972  3,682,686 

TABLE (cocktail)  Jordan, J.H., Jr  May 18, 1971 D220,768 

TABLE, (morticians)  Coles, L.  Mar 26, 1974  3,799,534

TANK LIQUIDS (method and apparatus for obtaining average samples and temperatures of)  Spikes, R.B.  Oct 27, 1931  1,828,753 

TELEPHONE ALARM APPARATUS (automatic)  Gurley, C.E.  Apr 7, 1970  3,505,476

THERMOSTAT AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM  Jones, F.M.  Feb 23, 1960  2,926,005 

THERMOSTAT (window)  Crosthwait, D.N.  Apr 11, 1944  2,346,560 

TICKET DISPENSING MACHINE  Jones, F.M.  Jun 27, 1939  2,163,754 

TOP STRINGLESS (spinable)  Brown, P.L.  Aug 11, 1970  3,523,386 

TORPEDO DISCHARGE (means of)  Bradberry, H.  Dec 11, 1945  2,390,688 

TOY (knockdown, wheeled)  Holmes, L.M.  Nov 14, 1950  2,529,692 

TRAFFIC SIGNAL  Morgan G.A.  Nov 20, 1923  1,475,024 

TRANSMISSION AND SHIFTING,ETC.  Spikes, R.B. Nov 28, 1933  1,936,996 

TRANSMITTER, ILLUSION  Thomas, V.L.  Oct 21,1980  4,229,761

TUNGSTEN HEXAFLUORIDE, ETC. (preparation of)  Russell, J.L.  Nov 30, 1976  3,995,011 

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URINALYSIS MACHINE  Sanderson, D.S.  Jul 28, 1970  3,522,011 

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VENETIAN BLIND RESTRINGER  Nokes, C.  Jun 3, 1958  2,836,882

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WAVE GUIDE COMPONENTS  Jones, H.S., Jr.  Jul 29, 1962  3,046,507

WAVE GUIDE LINE STRETCHER (magneto-mechanical)  Jones, H.S., Jr.  Aug 23, 1966  3,268,837

WEIGHING AND TOTALING LOAD DEVICE, ETC.  Davis, S.H.  Jul 30, 1943  2,324,769 

WHEELCHAIR (stair climbing)  Weaver, R.J.  Nov 19, 1968  3,411,598 

WIRE DEVICE (triggered exploding)  Jefferson, D.  Nov 29, 1966  3,288,068 

WRENCH, MONKEY (improved)  Johnson, J.A.  Apr 18, 1922  1,413,121 

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ZIRCONIA COMPOSITION AND PROCESS (transparent)  Smith J.S., II  Mar 11, 1967  3,432,314

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Hmmm seems like we are bordering on the brink of despair and

hopelessness,  Africans have contributed immensely to the development

of Industry and civilisation in modern times

Here is a list of Africa/Black Inventors

We should not that in the Late 19th and 20th Century the Wind

of Change and Innovation shifted from Western Europe

to North America and African played their part,

Lets us take note of History and learn from it

African-American/ Black Inventors 19th Centry

INVENTION  INVENTOR  DATE  PATENT

A

ALARM FOR BOILERS O'Conner/Turner Aug 25,1896  566,612

AMUSEMENT APPARATUS  Wormley, J.  Dec 19,1899  639,692

ANIMAL TRAP  Lee, H.  Feb 12,1867  611,867

ANIMAL TRAP (self-setting)  Campbell, W.S.  Aug 30,1881  246,369

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BAG CLOSURE Ross, A.L.  Jun 7,1898  605,343

BAG FASTENER  Purvis, W.B.  Apr 25,1882 639,692

BOILING PRESS  Gray, R.H.  Aug 28,1894  525,203

BAIT HOLDER  Walker, P.  Mar 8,1898  600,241

BASIN, PORTABLE  Haines, J.H.  Sep 28,1897  590,833

BASINS, CLOSETS, ETC (wastetrap for) Thomas, S.E.  Oct 4,1887  371,107

BATTERY, GALVANIC  Woods, G.T.  Aug 14,1881  387,839

BED, FOLDING  Bailey, L.C.  Jul 18,1899  629,286

BED, FOLDING (cabinet)  Goode, S.E.  Jul 14,1885  322,177

BEDS (guard attachment for)  Russell, L.A.  Aug 13,1895  544,381

BENDING MACHINE (metal)  Stewart/Johnson  Dec 27,1887  375,512

BICYCLE FRAME  Johnson, I.R.  Oct 10,1899  634,823

BICYCLE SUPPORT  Polk, A.J.  Apr 14,1896  558,103

BICYCLES (attachment for) Murray, W.  Jan 27,1891  445,452

BICYCLES (parcel carrier) Certain, J.M.  Dec 26,1899  639,708

BISCUIT CUTTER  Ashbome, A.P.  Nov 30,1875  170,460

BLIND STOP Pugsley, A.  Jul 29,1890  433,306

BOOT OR SHOE  Burwell, W.  Nov 28,1899  638,143

BOTTLE  Richardson, A.C.  Dec 12,1899  638,811

BOTTLE (non-refillable) Reynolds, R . R.  May 2,1899  624,092

BOTTLES (caps for)  JonesA./Long, A.  Sep 15,1898  610,715

BOTTLES(sealing attachment for)  Heamess, R.  Feb 15,1898  598,929

BRACKET (supporting)  Scrottron, S.R.  Sep 12,1893  505,008

BRAKE (electro mechanical)  Woods, G.T.  Aug 16,1887  368,265

BRAKE APPARATUS (electro-magnetic) Woods, G.T. Oct 18,1887  371,655

BREAD CRUMBLING MACHINE  Lee, J. Jun 4, 1895  540,553

BRIDGES (safety gate) Reynolds, H.H.  Oct 7, 1890  437,937

BRIDLE BIT  Brown, L.F. Oct 25,1892  484,994

BRIDLE BIT  Little, E.  Mar 7, 1882  254,666

BROOM (moisteners and bridles)  Benjamin, L.W.  May 16,1893  497,747 

BRUSH  Newman, L.D.  Nov 15,1898  614,335

BUCKET (ore)  Joyce, J.A.  Apr 26,1898  603,143

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CANOPY  Williams, C.  Feb 2,1892  468,747

CAR BALANCING DEVICE (magnetic)  Purvis, W.B.  May 21,1895  539,542

CAR COUPLER (Jenny coupler) Beard, A.J.  Nov 23,1897  594,059

CAR COUPLING (improvement)  Richey, C.W.  Jun 15,1897 584,650

CAR COUPLINGS (improvement) Byrd, T.J.  Dec 1,1874  157,370

CAR FENDER (detachable)  Heames S, R.  Jul 4,1899  628,003

CARBONS (manufacture of) Latimer, L.H.  Jun 17,1882  252,386

CARPET BEATING MACHINE  Church,T.R.  Jul 29,1884  302,237

CARPETS (cleaning composition)  Hyde, R.N.  Nov 6,1888  392,205

CARRIAGE (child's)  Richardson, W.H.  Jun 18,1889  405,599

CARS (extension steps)  White, D.L.  Jan 12,1897  574,969

CASH CARRIER  Blackburn, A.B.  Oct 23,1888  391,577

CASKET LOWERING DEVICE  Richardson, A.C  Nov 13,1894  529,311

CASTING  Thomas, S.E.  Jul 31,1888  386,941

CASTING COMPOSITE  Robingon, E.R.  Nov 23,1897 594,286

CHAIR FOLDING  Purdy/Sadgwar  Jun 11,1889 405,117

CHAIR SUPPORTING DEVICE  Ray, E.P.  Feb 21,1899  620,078

CHAIRS (gong and signal for hotels)  Benjamin, M.E.  Jul 17,1888  386,289

CHAIRS (swinging)  Johnson, P.  Nov 15,1881  249,530

CHURN  Richardson, A.C. Feb 17,1891  446,470

CIGARETTES (device for rolling) Sweeting, J.A.  Nov 30,1897  594,501

CIRCUITS, ELECTRIC (automatic safety for)  Woods, G.T.  Jan 1.1889  395,533

CIRCUITS, ELECTRIC (automatic safety cut-out for)  Woods, G. T. Oct 14,1890  438,590

CISTERN CLEANERS  Gray, R.H. Apr 9,1895  537,151

CLAMP JOINERS Fisher, D.A.  Apr 20,1875  162,281

CLOSETS (water)  Rhodes, J.B. Dec 19,1899  639,290

CLOTHES DRYER  Sampson, G.T.  Jun 7,1892  476,416

CLOTHES LINE SUPPORT  Allen, J.B.  Dec 10,1895  551,105

COCONUT (process preparing for domestic use)  Ashboume, A.P.  Jun 1,1875  163,962

COCONUT (process of treating)  Ashboume, A. P.  Aug 21,1877  194,387

COCONUT OIL (refining) Ashboume, A. P.  Jul 27,1880  230,518

COMMODE (chamber) Elkins, T. Jan 9,1872 122,518

COOLING AND DISINFECTING APPARATUS  Latimer, L. H.  Jan 12,1886  334,078

CORN HUSKING MACHINE Washington, W.  Aug 14,1883  283,173

CORN SHELLING DEVICE (hand)  Blue, L.  May 20,1884  298,937

CORNICE  Scrottron, S.R.  Jan 16,1883  270,851

CORNICE (adjustable window) Scrottron, S.R.  Feb 17,1880  224,732

COT (invalid) Cargill, B.F.  Jul 25,1899  629,658

COTTON CHOPPER  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,888

COTTON CHOPPER  Richardson, W.H.  Jun 1,1886  343,140 

COTTON MACHINE FOR CLEANING SEED Walker, P.  Feb 16,1897  577,153

COTTON SEED (combined)  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,891

CULTIVATOR (cotton) Sutton, E.H.  Apr 7,1874  149,543

CULTIVATOR AND MARKER  Murray, G.W. Apr 10,1894 517,961

CURLER (feather)  Roster, D.N.  Mar 10,1896  556,166

CURTAIN ROD  Scrottron, S.R.  Aug 30,1892 481,720

CURTAIN ROD SUPPORT  Grant, W.S. Aug 4,1896  565,075

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DINNER PAIL  Robinson, J.  Feb 1,1887  356,852

DOOR HOLDING DEVICE Dorsey, 0.  Dec 10,1878 210,764

drugs CUP  McCoy, E.  Sep 29,1891  460,215

DOUGH KNEADER Bell, L. Dec 10,1872  133,823

DOUGH KNEADER & ROLLER  Reed, J.W.  Sep 23,1884  305,474

DRAFT REGULATOR  Cornwell, P.W.  Oct 2,1888  390,284

DRAFT REGULATOR  Cornwell, P.W.  Feb 7,1893  491,082

DRIVING REINS HOLDER  Mendenhall, A.  Nov 28,1899  637,811 

DRY CLEANING PROCESS  Jennings, T.L.  Mar 3,1821  3306X

DRYING APPRATUS MATRIX  Jackson, B. F.  May 10,1898  603,879

DUST PAN  Ray, L.P.  Aug 3,1897  587,607

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EGG BEATER  Johnson, W.  Feb 5,1884  292,821

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM  Woods, G.T.  Oct 13,1896  569,443

ELEVATOR  Miles, A. Oct 11,1887  371,207

ELEVATOR DEVICE  Cooper, J.  Apr 2,1895  536,605

ENGINE ROTARY  Beard, A.J.  Jul 5,1892  478,271

ENGINE ROTARY  Taylor, B.H.  Apr 23,1878  202,888

ENVELOPE SEAL  Leslie F.W.  Sep 21,1897  590,325

EYE PROTECTOR GLASSES  Johnson, P.  Nov 2,1880  234,039

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FASTENER (key)  Loudin, F.J.  Jan 9,1894 512,308

FASTENER (sash)  Loudin, F.J. Dec 12,1892  510,432

FEED RACK  Shorter, D.W.  May 17,1887  363,089

FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTER  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,889

FILE HOLDER  Pinn, T.B.  Aug 17,1880  231,355

FIRE ESCAPE (portable) McCree, D.  Nov 11,1890  440,322

FIRE ESCAPE BRACKET  Richey,C.W.  Dec 28,1897  596,427

FIRE ESCAPE LADDER  Winters, J.R.  May 7,1878  203,517

FIRE ESCAPE LADDER Winters, J.R.  Apr 8,1879 214,224

FIRE EXTINGUISHER  Marshall,T.J.  May 26,1872  125,063 

FISHING DEVICE  Cook, G.  May 30,1899  625,829

FLAGS (making)  Bowman, H.A.  Feb 23,1892  469,395

FOUNTAIN PEN  Purvis, W.B.  Jan 7,1890  419,065

FURNACE (steam boiler)  Woods, G.T.  Jun 3,1884  299,894

FURNITURE CASTOR  Fisher, D.A. Mar 14,1876  174,794

FURROW OPENER AND STALK KNOCKER (combined) Murray, G.W.  Apr 10,1894  517,960

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GAUGE  Holmes, E.H.  Nov 12,1895  549,513

GAUGE, STEAM  O'Conner/Turner Aug 25,1896  566,613

GAME APPARATUS  Nance, L.  Dec 1,1891  464,035

GAME BOARD DESIGN  Moody, W.U.  May 11,1897  D27,046

GAS BURNER  Jackson, B.F.  Apr 4,1899  622,482

GAS OIL PIPES (automatic stop plug for)  Cosgrove, W.F.  Mar 17,1885  313,993

GOLF TEE  Grant, G.F.  Dec 12,1899  638,920

GRAIN BINDER  Marshall, W.  May 11,1886  341,589

GRAIN BINDER  Smith, P.D.  Feb 23,1892  469,279

GRIDIRON  Hawkins, J.  Mar 26,1845  3,973

GUARD (for companion ways and hatches)  Queens, W.  Aug 18,1891  458,131

GUITAR  Fleming, R.F. Jr  Mar 3, 1886  338,727

GUN (spring)  Lewis, E. R.  May 3, 1887  362,096

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HAME ATTACHMENT  Abrams, W.B.  Apr 14,1891  450,550

HAME FASTENER  Richardson, A.C.  Mar 14,1882  255,022

HAMMER (foot power)  Headen, M.  Oct 5,1886  350,363

HAMMOCK AND STRETCHER (combined)  Rickey, C.V.  Dec 13,1898  615,907

HARNESS ATTACHMENT  Coolidge, J.S.  Nov 13,1888  392,908

HARNESS ATTACHMENT  Hawkins, R.  Oct 4,1887  370,943

HATRACK AND TABLE (combined)  Ballow, W.J.  Mar 29,1898  601,422

HEADREST (shampoo)  Bailiff, C.O.  Oct 11,1898  612,008

HEATING APPARATUS  Jackson, B.F.  Mar 1,1898  599,985

HORSE DETACHERS  Dunnington, J.H.  Mar 16,1897  578,979

HORSES (apparatus for detaching horses from carriages)  Byrd, T.J.  Mar 10,1872  124,790

HORSES (improvement in holder for reins)  Byrd, T.J.  Feb 8,1872  123,328

HORSES (overboot)  Coates, R.  Apr 19,1892  473,295

HORSES (overshoe)  Ricks, J.  Jun 6,1899  626,245

HORSESHOE  Brown, O.E.  Aug 23,1892  481,271

HORSESHOE  Ricks, J.  Mar 30,1886  338,781

HORSESHOE  Outlaw, J.W.  Nov 15,1898  614,273

HOSE LEAK STOP  Dorticus, C.J.  Jul 18,1899  629,315

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ICE CREAM MOLD  Cralle, A.L.  Feb 2,1897  576,395

INSECT DESTROYER  Richardson, A.C.  Feb 23,1849  620,362

IRONING BOARD  Boone, S.  Apr 26,1892  473,653

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KNEADING MACHINE  Lee, J.  Aug 7,1894  524,042

KNIFE DESIGN (rubber scraping) Booker, L.F. Mar 28,1899  30,404

KNIFE AND SCOOP (combined)  Sweeting, J.A. Jun 7,1898  605,209

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LADDER SCAFFOLD SUPPORT  Bailes, W.  Aug 5,1879  218,154

LAMP, ELECTRIC  Lattimore, L. Sep 13,1881  247,097

LAMP, MINER'S (brackets for)  Watts, J.R.  Mar 7,1893  493,137

LAMPS, ELECTRIC (globe supporter for)  Tregoning/Lattimore  Mar 21,1882  255,212

LASTING MACHINE  Matzeliger, J.E.  Mar 20,1883  274,207

LASTING MACHINE Matzeliger, J.E. Sep 22,1891  459,899

LAWN MOWER  Burr, J.A.  May 8,1899  624,749

LAWN MOWER ATTACHMENT  Johnson, D.  Sep 10,1889  410,836

LAWN MOWER ATTACHMENT  Peterson, H.  Apr 30,1889  402,189

LAWN MOWERS (grass receivers) Johnson, D.  Jun 10,1890  429,629

LAWN SPRINKLER  Smith, J.H.  May 4,1897  581,785

LAWN SPRINKLER Smith, J.H.  Mar 22,1898  601,065

LAWN SPRINKLER DESIGN  McCoy, E.  Sep 26,1899  631,549

LEMON SQUEEZER  White, J.T.  Dec 8,1896  572,849

LETTER BOX  Becket, G.E.  Oct 4,1892  483,325

LETTER BOX (street)  Downing, P.B.  Oct 27,1891  462,096

LIFE-PRESERVING STOOL  Nash, H.H.  Oct 5,1875  168,519

LIFE-SAVING APPARATUS  Wormley, J.  May 24,1881  242,091

LINIMENT  Snow/Jones  Oct 7,1890  437,728

LOCK  Martin, W.A. Jul 23,1889  407,738

LOCK Martin, W.A.  Dec 30,1890  443,945

LOCOMOTIVE SMOKE STACK  Bell, L.  May 23,1871  115,153

LOCOMOTIVES (life-saving guard)  Robinson, J.H. Mar 14,1899  621,143

LUBRICATOR  McCoy, E.  May 27,1873  139,407

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Mar 28,1882  255,443

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jul 18,1882  261,166

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E. Jan 9,1883  270,238

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jun 16,1885  320,379

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Feb 8,1887  357,491

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  May 29,1888  383,745

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E. May 29,1888  383,746

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Dec 29,1891  465,875

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Mar 1,1892  470,163

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Apr 5,1892  472,066

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jun 6,1893  498,809

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Sep 13,1898  610,634

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Oct 4,1898  611,759

LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jun 27,1899  627,623

LUBRICATOR  McCoy/Hodges  Dec 24,1889  418,139

LUBRICATOR ATTACHMENT  McCoy, E.  Apr 19,1887  361,435

LUBRICATOR (for safety valves)  McCoy, E.  May 24,1887  363,529

LUGGAGE CARRIER  Butts, J.W.  Oct 10,1899  634,611

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MAILBOX  Downing, P.B.  Oct 27,1891  462,093

MANDOLIN AND GUITAR (attachment for pianos)  Nickerson,W.J.  Jun 27,1899  627,739

MESSAGES BY ELECTRICITY  Woods, G.T.  Apr 7,1885  315,368

MOP  Stewart, T.W.  Jun 13,1893  499,402

MOTOR  Gregory, J.  Apr 26,1887  361,937

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NAILING MACHINE  Matzeliger, J.E. Feb 25,1896  421,954

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OIL CUP McCoy, E. Nov 15,1898  614,307

OIL HEATER AND COOKER  Newson, S.  May 22,1894  520,188

OVERCOMING DEAD CENTERS  Johnson, W.H.  Feb 4,1886 554,223

OVERSHOE  Rickman, A.L.  Feb 8,1898  598,816

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PAINT (vehicle) Johnson, W.A.  Dec 4,1888  393,763 

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Feb 12,1884  293,353

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Jan 28,1890  420,099

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B. Jun 24,1890  430,684

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Aug 19,1890  434,461

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Sep 2,1890  435,524

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Sep 22,1891  460,093

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  May 8,1894  519,348

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  May 8, 1894  519,349

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B.  Dec 11,1894  530,650

PAPER BAG Machine  Purvis, W.B. Mar 9,1897  578,361

PAPERS (receptable for storing and preserving)  Brown, H.  Nov 2,1886  352,036

PASSENGER REGISTER  Romain, A.  Apr 23,1889  402,035 

PENCIL SHARPENER  Love, J.L.  Nov 23,1897  594,114

PHONETERISM  Mitchell, G.I.  Jan 1,1884  291,071

PHOTO EMBOSSING (machine for)  Dorticus, C.J.  Apr 16,1895  537,442

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT WASH  Dorticus, C.J.  Apr 23,1895  537,968

PIANO TRUCK  Linden, H.  Sep 8,1891  459,365

PILLOW SHAM HOLDER  Williams, J.P.  Oct l,1899  634,784

PIPE CONNECTION  Thomas, S.E. Oct 9,1888  390,821

PLANTER  Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,887

PLANTER Murray, G.W.  Jun 5,1894  520,890 

PLASTER'S HAWK  Love, J.L.  Jul 9,1895  542,419

POLE TIP  Scrottron, S.R.  Sep 21,1886  349,525

POOL TABLE ATTACHMENT  Griffin, F.W.  Jun 13,1899  626,902

POTATO DIGGER  Smith, P.D.  Jan 21,1891  445,206

PRINTING PRESS  Lavalette, W.A.  Sep 17,1878  208,208

PROPELLER FOR VESSELS  Toliver, G.  Apr 28,1891  451,086

PUNCH  Brooks, C.B.  Oct 31,1893  507,672

PURCHASING MACHINE  Stewart, E.W.  May 3,1887  362,190

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RACKS (for hats, coats, etc.) Latimer, L.H.  Mar 24,1896  557,076

RAIL CARS (window ventilator)  Reynolds, H.H.  Apr 23,1883  275,271 

RAILROAD (electric switch for)  Downing, P.B.  Jun 17,1890  430,118 

RAILWAY-ELECTRIC  Purvis, W.B.  May 1,1894  519,291 

RAILWAY-ELECTRIC (overhead conducting system)  Woods, G.T.  May 29,1888  383,844 

RAILWAY-ELECTRIC  Woods, G.T.  Jun 26,1888  385,934

RAILWAY CARS (water closets for)  Brown/Latimer  Feb 10,1874  147,363 

RAILWAY CONDUIT (electric) Woods, G.T.  Nov 21,1893  509,065 

RAILWAY SIGNAL  Blackburn, A.B.  Jan 10,1888  376,362 

RAILWAY SUPPLY SYSTEM (electric)  Woods, G.T.  Oct 31,1893 507,606 

RAILWAY SWITCH  Jackson, W.H.  Mar 9,1897  578,641 

RAILWAY SWITCH Jackson, W.H.  Mar 16,1897  593,665

RAILWAY SWITCH  Richey, C.V.  Aug 3,1897  587,657

RAILWAY SWITCH  Richey, C.V.  Oct 26,1897  592,448

RAILWAY SWITCH (electric)  Purvis, W.B. Aug 17,1897  588,176 

RAILWAY SYSTEM (electric)  Woods, G.T.  Nov 10,1891  463,020 

RAILWAY SYSTEM  Woods, G.T.  Jun 26,1888  385,034 

RAILWAY TROLLEY  Robinson, E.R.  Sep 18,1893  505,370 

RAILWAYS (switching device for)  Burr, W.F.  Oct 31,1899  636,197

RANGE  Carrington,T.A.  Jul 25,1876  180,323 

RAZOR STROPPING DEVICE  Grenon, H.  Feb 18,1896  554,867

REAPER Murray, G.W. Jun 5, 1894 529,892

REEL CARRIER  Morehead, K.  Oct 6,1896  568,916

REFRIGERATING APPARATUS Elkins, T.  Nov 4,1879  221,222

REFRIGERATOR  Stanard, J.  Jul 14,1894  455,891

REGISTERS  Hilyer, A.F.  Oct 14,1859  438,159

REGISTERS (water attachment, hot air)  Hilyer, A.F.  Aug 26,1890  435,095

RELAY-POLARIZED  Woods, G.T.  Jul 5,1887  366,192

RELAY INSTRUMENT  Woods, G.T.  Jul 7,1887  364,610

RUNNER FOR STOPS  Ross, A.L.  Aug 4,1896  565,301

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SADDLES (riding)  Davis, W.D.  Oct 6,1896  568,939

SCAFFOLD  Pickett, H.  Jun 30,1874  152,511

SCALES (portable weighing)  Hunter, J.H.  Nov 3,1896  570,553

SCREENS (separating) Edmonds, T.H.  Jul 20,1897  586,724

SCRUBBING FRAME  Watkins, I.  Oct 7,1890  437,849

SEED PLANTER  Blair, H.  Oct 14,1834  8,447X

SETTEES (convertible)  Evans, J.H.  Oct 5,1897  591,095

SHIELD (portable for infantry)  Spears, H.  Dec 27,1870  110,599

SHOE  Deitz, W.A.  Apr 30,1867 64,205

SHOE OR BOOT  Burwell, W.  Nov 28,1899  638,143

SHOE (ventilated) Faulkner, H.  Apr 29,1890  426,495

SHOEMAKER'S CABINET OR BENCH Waller, J.W.  Feb 3,1880 224,253

SHOEMAKER'S JACK  Cooper, A. R. Aug 22,1899  631,519

SHOES (device for applying liquids to side of soles and heels)  Dorticus, C.J.  Mar 19,1895  535,820

SHUTTER AND FASTENING  Cooper, J.  May 1,1883  276,563

SIGN (design for)  Barnes, G.A.E.  Aug 19,1898  29,193

SLED PROPELLER  Sampson, G.T. Feb 17,1885  312,388

SLEEPING CAR BERTH REGISTER  Shanks, S.C.  Jul 21,1897  587,165

SNOW MELTING APPARATUS  Ferrell, F.J.  May 27,1890  428,670

SPOON (design for) Purdy/Peters  Apr 23,1895  24,228

SPRINKLING APPARATUS (street) Bing, A.M.W.  Jul 22,1879  217,843

STAMP (hand) Purvis, W.B.  Feb 27,1883  273,149

STATION INDICATOR  Stewart, T. Jun 20,1893  499,895

STEAM CYCLINDER LUBRICATOR  McCoy, E. Feb 1,1876  173,032

STEAM CYCLINDER LUBRICATOR McCoy, E.  Jul 4,1876  179,585

STEAM DOME  McCoy, E.  Jun 16,1885  320,354

STEAM ENGINE (direct acting)  Winn, F.  Dec 4,1888  394,047 

STEAM ENGINES (lubricator for)  McCoy, E.  Jul 23,1872  129,843 

STEAM ENGINES (lubricator for) McCoy, E.  Aug 6,1872  130,305

STEAM LUBRICATOR  McCoy, E.  Jan 20,1874  146,697

STOVE (OIL)  Stanard, J.  Oct 29,1889  413,689

STREET CAR FENDER  Cherry, M.A. Jul 29,1884  302,237

STREET CARS (life saving guard for)  Robinson, J.H.  Apr 25,1899  623,929

STREET SWEEPERS  Brooks, C.B.  Mar 17,1896  556,711

STREET SWEEPERS Brooks, C.B. May 12,1896 560,154

STREET SWEEPERS  Brooks/Hallstead/Page Apr 21,1896  558,719

SWITCH (automotive locking)  Jackson, W.H.  Aug 23,1898  609,436

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TABLE (banquet extension) Harding, F.H.  Nov 22,1898  614,468

TABLE (caterer's tray) Perryman, F. R.  Feb 2,1892  468,038

TABLE (dining, ironing table, and quilting frame combined)  Elkins, T.  Feb 20,1870  100,020

TABLE (ironing)  McCoy, E.  May 12,1874  150,876

TABLE (kitchen)  Jackson, H.A. Oct 6,1896  596,135

TABLE (library)  Davis, W.R.jr  Sep 24,1878  208,378

TABLE (rotary dining)  Johnson, D.  Jan 15,1889  396,089

TABLE (self leveling)  Allen, C.W.  Nov 1,1898  613,436

TACKS (mechanism for distributing)  Matzeliger, J.E.  Mar 25,1890  423,937

TACKS (separating mechanism)  Matzeliger, J.E.  Mar 25,1890  423,937

TELEGRAPH SYSTEM INDUCTION  Woods, G.T.  Nov 29,1887  373,915

TELEGRAPHY (railway)  Woods, G.T. Nov 15,1887 373,383

TELEGRAPHY (railway) Woods, G.T.  Aug 28,1888  388,803

TELEPHONE SYSTEM APPARATUS  Woods, G.T,   Oct 11,1887  371,241

TELEPHONE TRANSMITTER  Woods, G.T,   Dec 2,1884  308,817

TONIC  Davis, I.D.  Nov 2,1886  351,829

TOOLS (edged device for sharpening)  Purdy, W.  Oct 27,1896  570,337

TOOLS (device for sharpening edged Purdy, W.  Aug 16,1898  609,367

TRAIN ALARM  Butler, R.A.J.  Jun 15,1897 584,540

TRAP FEEDER (steam)  Creamer, H.  Dec 11,1888  394,463

TRAPS (steam)  Ferrell, F. J.  Feb 11,1890  420,993

TRAPS (steam)  Creamer, H. Mar 8,1887  358,964

TRAPS (steam) Creamer, H.  Jan 17,1888  376,586

TRAPS (steam) Creamer, H.  May 28,1889  404,174

TRAPS (steam) Creamer, H.  Aug 18,1891 457,983

TRESTLE  Dare, O.B.  Oct 9,1888  390,753

TROUSERS (support)  Ross, A.L.  Nov 28,1899  638,068

TRUSS AND BANDAGE COMBINED  Bailey, L.C.  Sep 25,1883  285,545

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UMBRELLA STAND  Carter, W.C.  Aug 4,1885  323,397

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VALVE  Ferrell, F. J.  May 27,1890  428,671

VALVE Ferrell, F.J.  Nov 10,1891  462,762

VALVE Ferrell, F. J.  Jan 26,1892  467,796

VALVE Ferrell, F. J.  Feb 2,1892  468,242

VALVE Ferrell, F. J. Feb 9,1892  468,334

VALVE Ferrell, F. J.  Jan 17,1893  490,227

VALVE Ferrell, F.J.  Jul 18,1893  501,497

VEHICLE SEAT BARS (machine for) Stewart, E . W.  Mar 22,1887  373,698

VELOCIPEDE  Cherry, M.A. May 8,1888  382,351

VELOCIPEDE  Johnson, W  Jun 20,1899  627,335

VENTILATION AID  Darkins, J.T. Feb 19,1895  534,322

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WAGON  West, J.W  Oct 18,1870  108,419

WAGONS  Byrd, T.J.  Apr 30,1872  126,181

WASHING VEHICLES, APPARATUS FOR  Pheips, W.H.  Mar 23,1897  579,242

WATER TRAP (steam feed)  Creamer, H.  Mar 17,1895  313,854

WEATHER SHIELD  West, E.H.  Sep 5,1899  632,385

WINDOW CLEANER  Lewis, A.L.  Sep 27,1892  483,359

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YARN APPARATUS FOR HOLDING YARN SKEINS  Hammonds, J.F.  Dec 15,1886  572,985

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@ Meldrick

You are just too myopic in your thinking. Who is singing America wonder? Africa will ever remain a 3rd world nation. There are dream killers in Nigeria and our government is number one. The fact that we now own laptop and can use it for research and other works is great but not fantastic.

All the invention of our time were from the west, start listing everything you use daily. If you were not convinced, even the machinery that we use to produce great products in 9ja today were invented by the West. Instead of us to take advantage of these array of opportunity (Alternative/Clean energy, Stem cell etc) in this dispensation, we indulge ourselves in critisizing America/West that thinks far ahead of Nigeria or Africa. We've got to start thinking out of the box and stop critisizing ourselves or a society that has a system and structure that has been tested and trusted.

Good luck.

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Again you prove me right when I say you visited Nigeria last in the 60's. I bought mine when I began working but go to our Universities here in Nigeria and see students using their personal laptops for their research work. I visited Covenant University (Ota - Ogun State) and I was impressed. Please come down to Nigeria and pay a visit to that school and you will agree with me that the days Nigerians sing America wonders are over.

Ah! Ah!! Ah!!!, there u go again with the feeling that you have a stake in America. My dear obliterate that notion. Oh I can now see why u feel so comfortable in another man's land. If there are no true American's, why did they have to wait so long till 2008 before getting their first black president?

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Irrespective of whereva a man/woman lives, the most important thing are

1. Happiness with siblings (Comfort, peace of mind, rest of mind etc)

2. Fullfilment

Due to our nature as Africans (Tribal/Ethnic hatred, envy, jealousy and segregation despite we are all BLACK), we dont wish ourselves well at all and its amazing.

We talk down on ourselves especially about those in abroad and its all about pursuit of happiness. My father used to say that [Eni ti ifa ko ba to si ni oun pe ni aramu "meaning" The man who doesnt get a free thing will say it was stolen]

Anyone who has the opportunity of traveling, if he help others or not, let us leave them alone; God has plan for everyone.

As there are many people in abroad who are not doing well, so are people in Africa/Nigeria who will be a better person to their family/community if they in abroad but they are wasting away in Nigeria/Africa.

Dont forget there are great Nigerians abroad doing very very well and vice versa.

Chikena.

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Hunnnnnnnn, presently i take Dublin bus to and fro work Monday to Friday and tram to church on Sundays so you can imagine how hard i laughed when my brother who is self employed and lives in his own house asked me to send him one SOLID SPORT car, i laughed so hard i forgot my name and while at it my younger brother wants me to send E series Nokia phone to him when i am using Nokia N70 for almost 2 years and one useless Sony Ericsson i got as a gift.

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thanks, i have alot of relatives abroad, i have never called one before for financial help and i know none of my immediate family member has ever called them before except when my mom kinda needed some help on a very DELICATE issue beyond her control.

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Personally, I think it depends on the family you are from. If your family sold everything they have or borrowed money to send you abroad with the hope that you would get better opportunities and they beleive you are a good investment, then get ready to receive phone calls and email demanding a return on their investment.

On the other hand, if your family is a "chopping Money" family, then you dont have stress. Only your friends would be calling to see how you are doing cos ur friends are inevitably from a "chopping money" family too.

different strokes for different folks

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someone just answered you for me, i can't keep repeating myself every time.

thanks for responding to her, i was beginning to think no one understood my points.

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There are so many people here who continue to deceived themselves claiming that they are living in Nigeria, have a good job, have internet in their house but the fact is that 99% of people in the Nairaland live in abroad.

@tourmaline stop making full of yourself claiming you are in Nigeria. You are example of people deceiving other while you are somewhere either in North America or Europe.

I was in Nigeria just may of this year. If I posted the pix I took of Lagos, many people will cry. I saw the development the government is doing but still very very far behind a small city in the world. The suffering I experience from warri to Benin city, okada-edo, Lagos, sapele, eku, asaba, abraka and other places I visited, people wake up just moving or sitting from of their house with nothing to do and most sit there from morning to late night and to bed. Talking of arm robbers, my families and I ran into them two times. Please let me stop because if I started with the accidents and death bodies between lagos and Benin, only god knows.

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my brother, help me tell her

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My dear, wake up!!! You must have left Nigeria to the US in the 60's and you are not aware of the happenings. Iam hooked up to the internet from my own home with my personal laptop. I bought my laptop during the first three months I began working in my company.

I have an uncle in the US who is now a citizen. Some years back he sent some coats to two of my other uncles in Nigeria. He indeed was feeling like a yankee super star but my uncles here in Nigeria were just laughing at him because those were coats you will see in okrika at yaba in lagos. He inded thought life was as bad as the foreign media and people like you paint it. When he came to Nigeria to inspect the progress of his building, reality dawned on him because he saw that the people he was sending coats for wear good suits and were doing good jobs. He became startled (and let me use the word) flabbergasted when he realized they had gigantic structures in Lagos. They were doing good jobs.

As am writing now, he is thinking of relocating and my other uncles wanna fix him up with a good job here.

My advise to you all out there who are posing with the labour of others is for you to come back home and enjoy the freedom of been in your country rather than complaining of money growing on trees. Men and women like Martin Luther, Rosa Parks struggled for blacks to have a decent life in US and today you are there posing. Why don't you come back home and be the Martin Luther of your country.

The only Nigerians respected in the US are those that have made impacts in their own home and affected the world at large not liabilities to the US who come to enjoy basic amenities meant for true Americans.

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Well, some of you go home making it seem so.

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wrong! lots of folks can afford a laptop in nigeria even when i was there but they for some reason think that it is super cheap here and will can buy it easily as we buy breakfast

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Honeric, you just don't get it.

In Nigeria, you can work your Bottom off and still not be able to buy a laptop or even get a job to begin with. In America, if you don't have those things, it's not due to lack of opportunity but laziness to take advantage of the opportunity. simple!

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so are you trying to say, they give out free laptops/internet to everyone in the states? is that what you are trying to paint here? yes American unemployment % is not as high as ours, but they still have alot of unemployed ranging into millions, am i wrong?

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I must say that the picture you are trying to paint here is incorrect. The people who refused to own laptops/internet, get jobs and live in good houses made the choice to do so. America is the land of opportunity that will not be handed to you but you have to stretch your hands to take it. Also the unemployment rate is about 10%. can you compare that percentage to Nigeria's? I also agree with you that Nigeria is the land of opportunity which i will take full advantage of when the time is right. It is one of the countries i know where if you have the cash you can bribe, tip and corrupt your way into anything. Imagine, you can set up a company and decide not to pay tax. Or instead, avoid paying power bills and tap directly from the grid. Which business man would not want to invest in a place like that? @topic. We are all to blame. People abroad who show off and cannot meet up and people that demand too much and unrealistically too.

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Nigerians tax everybody and anybody around them not just those living abroad.

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if those in so call abroad knows that money does not grow on tree, why do they keep on blaming nigerian government, for not changing the society overnight

plz make we no sey money no dey grow for tree here in nigeria 2, but make we stop to dey criticise our government here in nigeria2

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@ redsky1

u are so right

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there was a time one of my uncles who we haven't heard from for a long time called and asked for 100,000dollars

we thought it was a joke, but that was just wishful thinking

to cut the long story short, we tried to explain to him abt exchange rate and what not, but he made up his mind to say we are just stingy and told people at home, and spoiled our reputation

anyway just send whatever you can send, they will never be grateful, but in your mind you know u did your best

i dont even have 1000dolars in my acct, but they dont understand, its usually distance relatives that trip like this

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people die of cancer - its just that people blame juju and go to the pastor instead of a doctor. is that not the reason why in 2009 people still call a woman with facial hair a witch instead of reading a book and realising its due to a hormonal imbalance.

how many women in naija are offered the cervical cancer smear test. i know grown women in their 30s that have never had a smear in Nigeria - u explain to them and they tell u that Nigerian don't get cancer - i just dey laugh - any women in this world can get it.

no country in this world is heaven but please those people mouthing off that naija is great the developed world is s*** please get real.

infant and maternal mortality rates in Nigeria are shocking, instead of defending these things why don't we put our heads together and do something to better our country.

we are ranked among the lowest 20 countries - i'm sorry but that is disgusting. if we have enough money for politicians to be stashing millions and millions of dollars in banks around the world then to be in the league of countries that don't even have 1/20th of our wealth is shameful is a disgrace and not something we should be proud of.

people are talking of laptops, jeeps, borehole, gen, driver, 3 trips abroad chicken and chips - meanwhile the list i have provided below is what u should be concerning yourself with not whether ur friend is riding jeep. with the level of frustration and unemployment very soon kidnappers will start kidnapping pure water sellers for 20k. I mean how can u say a country is great when the government doesn't have a system in place to provide basic things a human being needs to live, healthcare, water, electricity, education system, refuse disposal, transportation network - yes we pay high tax but when i get home from work i relax in front of the TV and go to bed with peace of mind that armed robbers will not enter my house or kidnappers. i can turn the lights on and i will see light - i'm not shouting at someone to pump water or taking headache tablets from driving home from work and hearing car horns cos people don't know what an indicator light is - honestly when I'm in Nigeria and i see the way people drive i begin to wonder are these people human being - is there no sense of decorum in this world again. chei -

Access to sanitation

Birth rate, crude > per 1,000 people

Children Underweight Rate

Contraception

HIV AIDS > Deaths

Hospital beds > per 1,000 people

Infant mortality rate

Life expectancy at birth

Malaria cases

Physicians > per 1,000 people

Probability of not reaching 40

Water availability

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You guys have all a bit twisted o.

Nigerians are natural hustlers. We use all tools at our disposal to hustle. Whether moral suasion, emotional blackmail, or plain old lies, that's just what we do.

Nigerians at home who disturb Nigerians abroad? It's not because of the poverty level. What does the poverty level have to do with a laptop?

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I have had the opportunity of going to naija 3times this year already not because i am rich or anything and everythime i went, i always sre i tell people the real fact about life, even the yahoo yahoo guys in london now that iknow are back in naija becos there is no more show. if you have a good job in naija and you are prepared to cut ur coat according to your size then you will be fine. i have a friend who graduated from abu and came to uk, infact i gave him my info to work as a labourer in a construction site before he graduated to security officer, but he was lucky to get a job in naija last year as a marketer in skye bank, this guy is now married and living in abule egba has a murano jeep and golf. all in less that 1year that he went back to naija.

all i am saying is. people are also making it in naija. yes there is no light, the roads are bad, armed robbers and thief. na they same naija dem born us and most of us grew up there. perosnally once i complete my education by next year, with my work experience, and my pali i am going back to naija at least t contribute my own quota to the economy even thous naija didnt ive me anything. i dont want to keep paying hugh tax bills, and having to run from work to skool and from skool to work doing the same thing everday. anytime i need medical check up, i dust my passport and take next available flight to uk. chikena.

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Life all depends on different individuals. some of us go to naija and stat forming and those in naija will be thinking all is well and money plenty for obodo oyibo. not knowing that to be honest, most nigerians use credit card, loans as well as cash till pay day to go to naija and start showing off and bragging.

life abroad is good in the sense that, constant electricity, security all these you have to pay for and not paying council tax, can land u in prison.  

i have worked in the financial services sector in the uk as a debt advisor, and sometimes i feel sorry for some nigerians i come across, who are in difficulty. you will be suprised some nigerians owe £50k and can only afford £1 per month. and majority of these people either used this money to build house in naija or spent lavishly.

presently i work as a recovery agent in a bank which is from helping people with theire debt in my old job and helpiing them get out of debt to now asking them to pay. when i call some naija people like thise, some will start speaking yoruba or pidging pretending like they dont hear english and i jst smile becos they dont know me sef i be naija.

what am saying in essence is that life in uk is good as long as you play by the rules and ready to live on strict guildlines.

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They won't believe anything U say my sister. So many would flash me and some would even sms and send there Acct Number like say U no know where U go put ur money. I have a friend, she only calls me wen she needs to pay her sch fee and after I help, it would be till wen next she wanna pay her sch fee she calls again.

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All this diseases are accrue in Nigeria and more. Is just that the doctors in Nigeria cannot diagnose them. That is why people in Nigeria are dieing slowly without knowing what killed them or what they are suffering from. For example, a patient in Nigeria may be dieing from malignant tumor but at the end of the day, the doctor in Nigeria will come to conclusion you have a malaria. Since malaria or typhoid is only thing they know. Pathetic period.

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