improved refrigerator design was patented
by African American inventor Thomas Elkins of Albany, New
York (11/4/1879 U.S. patent #221,222). One unusual fact about Thomas
Elkins' refrigerator was that it was also designed to chill human corpses.
chamber commode (toilet) was patented by Thomas
Elkins on January 9, 1872. Elkins' commode was a combination bureau, mirror,
book-rack, washstand, table, easy chair, and chamber stool. It was a very
unusual piece of furniture.
22, 1870, Thomas Elkins invented a combined dining, ironing table, and