A Visit with Mrs. Potts

Mary Florence Potts was an inventress at the age of 19 in 1871. She spent the rest of her life perfecting and promoting her “Boon to Women!” She visits the modern world fresh from her appearance at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

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Ellie Presents Mrs. Potts c. 1893 fresh from her appearance at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago

Ellie Presents Mrs. Potts c. 1893 fresh from her appearance at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago

At the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876, Mary Florence Potts’ cold-handled sad iron was the toast of the fair.  She spent the next two decades touring the country with a promotional lecture.  Mrs. Potts will visit your group as a stop on her tour to promote her invention.  She will discuss domestic life in the 19th Century, the science and technology behind the development of her invention, and what it means for a woman to hold a US Patent and manage her own affairs.

Mrs. Potts can appear at your event in 1885, or if you prefer, in 1893 when she was in Chicago for the Columbian Exposition.  Mrs. Potts arrives costumed in the preferred year, with examples of her invention and period appropriate promotional materials.

Ellie Presents Mrs. Potts c. 1885 with her son Oscero visiting Ottumwa, Iowa

Running time: 45 minutes to an hour

Requirements: One small table, card table sized

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Ellie Presents Mrs. Potts with the old fashioned sad iron she improved upon

Click here to hear a podcast of a Mrs. Potts appearance at Morraine Valley Community College

Mrs. Potts Patent Model 1874

Mrs. Potts Patent Model 1874