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The Greatest Ear Muff Parade!

The highlight of Chester Greenwood Day is the parade.

The highlight of Chester Greenwood Day is the parade.

In 2013 we blogged about Chester Greenwood, a 15 year old grammar school dropout who invented the earmuffs to keep his ears cozy while ice skating. His cold ears, coupled with an entrepeneural spirit led him to patent his invention in 1877. By 1936, the year before his death his factory was producing more than 400,000 earmuffs yearly.

 

Greenwood’s Ear Protector Factory provided ear warmers to the soldiers during World War I. In addition to keeping many ears warm in the winter, his factory, located in Farmington, Maine boosted the economy and provided jobs to many a family. Every year in December the town of Farmington celebrates “Chester Greenwood Day” in honor of his birthday.

 

The highlight of Chester Greenwood Day is the parade in which local police cruisers are decorated with giant earmuffs. Anyone can join in the parade…as long as you are wearing your own pair of muffs!

Time to Start Thinking about Cold Weather Accessories!

Even if you are not yet wearing a coat, a scarf, earmuff and gloves will keep you toasty

Even if you are not yet wearing a coat, a scarf, earmuff and gloves will keep you toasty

Where I live, on the East Coast, cooler weather is definitely in the air. Especially in the early morning and evening, its no longer ok to leave the house as is. Time to start thinking about the cold weather accessories for the cooler weather.

Now is the time to take down that box on the top shelf of your closet and make sure you are well prepared. Gloves and Scarves have a habit of disappearing in my house. How ’bout by you? Good thing ear muffs are attached or I’d definitely lose half a pair!!

So once that box is down, check if you have the pairs you need in the colors you need. Kids and adults will love the colorful gloves and mittens in the softest chenille’s and knits this winter! Check that kids gloves still fit, and a nice way to update the look of a coat from last season is to buy a new pair of mittens in a bright fresh color for a whole new look!

Another great warm winter accessory you don’t want to go without is ear muffs or ear warmers. Even if you are not yet wearing a coat, a scarf, earmuff and gloves will keep you toasty. Buy earmuffs in a fun army print for boys or pink leopard print for girls.

Have fun with shopping for warm winter gear that will keep you cozy and healthy all winter long!

Ear Muffs- Ever Wonder How The Warmest Invention Came About?

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them!

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them!

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them! They come in many different warm materials such as fur, fleece, velvet and much more. In addition, they can be found in lots of different styles and colors and are made for young children, kids, teens and adults of all ages. They are stylish, practical and warm which is why they are a necessary winter accessory today.

However, like every practical invention, ear muffs have not been around forever. In the year 1873, a 15 year old boy Chester Greenwood of Maine loved to ice skate. However, his ears got so cold he had to go in and warm up all the time. He was fed up and tired of suffering in the cold northern winter so he went ahead and invented the first pair of ear muffs. They consisted of two circles made of beaver fur lined with velvet and sewn onto a wire loop frame by Chester’s grandmother. Chester was extremely proud of himself because while all his friends had to go in and warm up while ice skating, his ears were kept warm at all times.

Over the years and with much experimentation, Greenwood learned to attach the earmuffs to a flexible spring-steel band that could be coiled to fit in a pocket. Due to the demand, Greenwood opened a small factory in his hometown in 1877 and in 1936 (the year before his death) his factory produced 400,000 ear muffs.  Today, thanks to Chester Greenwood, there are hundreds if not thousands of different kinds and styles of ear muffs to help keep our ears warm. Of course, in this generation some of them are even made as head phones so that you can still listen to music when wearing your earmuffs.

So next time you put on those earmuffs and brace the cold weather don’t forget to give thanks to Chester Greenwood for his brilliant invention. Apparently, in 2007, Maine held a parade to celebrate his invention and 130 years of warm ears, so you can just imagine how much they made a difference to some people’s lives. And hey, next time you feel like you can use and extra something that hasn’t been invented yet, give it a try – you never know what could come out of it….