The airplane has to be an isolated case, right? Maybe too big for most people to get their minds around.
Take the sewing machine. In fact, you might as well take this timesaving device across the Atlantic where the Wright brothers went to fly their new idea. Yup, that's what Elias Howe had to do to get someone to buy his newly patented device in 1846.
After a lifelong pursuit of perfecting the automatic stitching machine, this tailor-turned-inventor gave up on selling the patent to American business after having innumerable doors closed in his face. He took his idea eastward. He stopped in England where he found a buyer not only eager to take his new product to market, the scoundrel actually stole the patent and sent Howe back to the States empty-handed. Ouch.
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