Ear Muff Day, March 13th
If March comes in like a lion, meaning the winds will blow like crazy, you may be happy to celebrate Ear Muff Day on March 13th, wearing a cozy pair of said ear muffs. They’re a great comfort to cold ears on windy or freezing days. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Winter has seen its last, because often, there a snowstorm in March in the most unexpected places. Oh, and you can thank Chester Greenwood for ear muffs. Who’s Chester Greenwood? I’m glad you asked…read on….
Cute lamb face ear muffs
Who is Chester Greenwood?
What Does He Have To Do With Ear Muffs?
In Farmington, Maine, on March 13, 1873, a young boy of 15, Chester Greenwood, was ice skating and found he could not keep his ears warm. He tried wrapping his neck scarf around his head, but it was bulky, itchy and came unwrapped and wouldn’t stay put. When he reached home, he had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between loops of wire. It worked, and after patenting his design, he went into business and eventually provided many jobs for the people of Farmington for almost 60 years. He became a full-fledged inventor, responsible for patenting designs of a whistling tea kettle, a steel rake, and a machine used in producing wooden spools for wire and thread. He invented many other items during his life, but did not patent all of them. The day he invented the ear muff is now celebrated as Ear Muff Day, and in 1977 the State of Maine declared December 21 to be Chester Greenwood Day in honor of this man who was such a talented inventor and good citizen. It is still celebrated on the first Saturday of December. Chester Greenwood’s home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Wind Chill Brings Down Temperatures
Ears get frost bitten!
Whenever the wind is blowing it brings the temperature down several degrees. That’s a good thing in the summer, but even a few degrees in the winter can make the difference between frost bitten ears and ears that are warm. Then too, if you ski, skate, horseback ride, walk, or any activity that puts you in motion against the wind, that wind chill factor is increased exponentially. Protect your vulnerable ears with ear muffs and stay comfortable the entire time you’re outdoors.
Ear Muffs For Baby
Babies really need to have their ears protected in cold, windy weather. When they’re too little to let you know their ears hurt, it’s especially important to have them protected. Besides, they look really adorable in ear muffs. Oddly, when many times they don’t like a hat, and continually pull it off, they will tolerate ear muffs. There’s just something snuggly about them, I guess.
Bandless Ear Muffs
Now here’s a real deal! Ear muffs that have no band over or around your head. They just slip over each ear and you’re good to go, warm ears and all. Who would have thought of such a thing? I’m not sure, but someone sure did, and I’m sure it was out of necessity. (That’s the “mother of invention” you know.) You just stepped out of your house to head to work. It’s freezing outside. Better go back inside and get a hat….oh no! It will mess up your hair that took you forever this morning. Wait, what about the bandless ear muffs you bought online recently? Mmmmm, heaven! Now that’s more like it! Ears are warm, hair is still coiffed and it’s all good! Even the guys appreciate this convenience.
Do You Think She’s Celebrating Ear Muff Day?
Links for more information about Maine, Ear Muff Day, and Chester Greenwood.
- Maine Memory – Farmington Maine
The story of the Great State of Maine, and of Chester Greenwood who invented the ear muff.
Wikipedia on Chester Greenwood
Information on Chester Greenwood, the man who invented ear muffs.