|An improvement to the ironing board was patented by African American Sarah Boone on December 30 1887.|
African American, Sarah Boone, patented an improvement to the ironing board (U.S. Patent #473,653) on April 26, 1892. Sarah Boone's ironing board was designed to be effective in ironing the sleeves and bodies of ladies' garments. As you can see from the patent drawing below, Sarah Boone's board was very narrow and curved, the size and fit of a sleeve, and it was reversible, making it easy to iron both sides of a sleeve. Below you can view the original patent drawing of Sarah Boone's ironing board and on the next page you can view and read the full patent that includes Sarah Boone's description and claims.