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Lloyd Ray

Before Lloyd Ray patented his invention, anyone cleaning a room or a hall simply swept dirt, dust or trash out of a door onto the ground outside or used a piece of paper in order to collect it. Ray created a device with a metal collection plate attached to a short wooden handle in which trash could be swept without getting one’s hands dirty.

The device was patented on August 3, 1897 and is called a dustpan.

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