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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Oct. 23

October 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23: WINDSHIELD WIPERS

Profile America — Friday, October 23rd. Can you imagine having to reach outside to clear your windshield when it rains or snows? That’s just what people had to do in the early days of the automobile. A young woman from Alabama named Mary Anderson noticed this on a visit to New York City. She promptly drew up plans for the first hand-operated windshield wiper and was granted a patent in 1905. By 1916, such wipers were standard equipment on all automobiles and streetcars. Checking the condition of your wiper blades is one of the things everyone should do as winter weather approaches. Keeping your car in good shape makes driving safer. Poor maintenance is thought to be a factor in many of the nearly 10.5 million motor vehicle accidents across the nation each year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources: inventors.about.com

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 1063

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the “Newsroom” button).

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