Henry Brown (inventor)

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Henry Brown was an African-American inventor, credited[by whom?] with the invention of the first strongbox.

Prior to the invention, people often kept personal and valuable papers in simple wooden boxes in their homes or at local banks.[citation needed] These boxes provided no deterrent against burglars or bank staff reading them.

He developed a lockable, forged-metal container, divided into compartments, and patented his invention (number 352,036) on November 2, 1886.[1]


  1. ^ US Patent 352,036, from Google Patents.

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