This Week In History: Wk 44 (3 November 1914)
First Bra Is Patented
In the USA, Mary Phelps Jacob receives the world's first patent for a brassiere.
In 1914, Mary Phelps Jacob was granted the world's first patent for a brassiere. She made her ground-breaking invention in 1913 and after extensive testing submitted the final design to the US Patents Office. She soon sold the patent to Warner Brothers Corset Co., which made over $15,000,000 from it over the next 30 years.
patent (verb): register an invention with the government
brassiere (noun): underclothing worn as support for the breasts; bra
grant (verb): give (usually formally, e.g. a right, ownership, license, etc)
ground-breaking (adjective): very new; will bring about change
extensive (adjective): a lot of; comprehensive; detailed
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey