Undeniable Fact: Glove Af-fair

Sunday, February 18, 2007

At the 1914 World's Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joseph "Thumbless Joe" Caldecott was having trouble gripping the trapeze due to his cold, dry, and cracking hands. He paid a visit to the mitten booth to have his measurements taken and a pair produced. The mittensmith offered to make Joe a special pair with no thumbs. Once the mittens were completed, the mittensmith realized that what he had were two perfect little containers in which he could store his mitten making tools. He immediately saw the commercial potential for his accidental invention, and so when Joe returned for the mittens he had already paid for, delivery was refused. Within days, the small cloth bags easily outsold the mittensmith's standard fair and to this day bear the name of their inventor: Eli Pouch.

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