Elijah McCoy THE REAL MCCOY !

Ray Jackson

Joined March 2010

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McCoy was born in Colchester, Ontario, Canada, to former slaves (George and Emillia McCoy), who had fled the USA. McCoy was educated as a mechanical engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland; he then moved to Detroit, Michigan, USA. Despite his education (and due to racism – he was of African descent), he could only get a job as a fireman and oilman on a steam-engine train, shoveling coal into a train’s engine and periodically lubricating the engine.

Elijah McCoy was issued his first patent – US patent #129,843 – on July 12th, 1872 for his improvement in lubricators for steam engines. McCoy continued to improve upon his design and invented several more improvements. Railroad and shipping lines began using McCoy’s new lubricators and the Michigan Central Railroad promoted him to an instructor in the use of his new inventions. Later, Elijah McCoy became a consultant to the railroad industry on patent matters. Machinists and engineers who wanted genuine McCoy lubricators ,used the expression “the real McCoy.”
done with a Mac,intuos 4, & Photoshop Elements 10

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