The Real McCoy
McCoy was born in 1843 in Colchester, Ontario. His parents
escaped slavery in Kentucky via the Underground Railroad.
age 15, he was sent to Scotland to study engineering; upon his
return to Canada, the only job available was railway fireman (stoking
the engine's furnace with wood). It was during this time that his
mind started to look for better ways to do things.
by steam engines, McCoy noticed that machines had to be stopped
every time they needed oil, which was expensive and wasted a lot
the 1890's, he invented a device to oil the machinery while it was
working. It was soon used on engines and train locomotives, on Great
Lakes steamships, on ocean liners, and on machinery in factories.
invention became so popular that no engine or machine was considered
complete until it had a McCoy Lubricator.
phrase "real McCoy" soon caught on as a way of saying that people
were getting the very best equipment available.
1923 McCoy was known throughout the world. His inventions were patented
in Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, and Russia as well as
in Canada and the United States.
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