Mary Anderson

This Alabama girl was on a trolley in a 1902 NYC sleet storm. She watched the driver open the windshield double panes in order to see. She grabbed her notebook and sketched what was to become  hand-operated windshield wipers. She got a patent and when tried to sell her invention, she was told that it was not of any commercial value.


Mary Anderson, 2014, Encaustic, paint, marker, windshield wipers on sheet metal, 12” x 15” x 1.75,”  ©2017 Pat Benincasa   All Rights Reserved