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Christian Dancel

Born: Feb 14, 1847

Death: Oct 13, 1898

Birthplace: Kassel

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Christian Dancel

Date of Birth : Feb 14, 1847
Date of Death : Oct 13, 1898
Birth Place : Kassel

Christian Dancel, was an inventor. Dancel was born in Kassel, Germany, where he learned mechanical engineering and machinist trades in polytechnical schools. In 1865, within two years of his emigration to New York City, he had invented a machine for sewing shoes. Charles Goodyear Jr. bought the rights to this machine and employed Dancel as superintendent of his factory. Soon thereafter Dancel theorized, created and patented many shoe-construction machines and associated devices. These included a machine to sew a turned shoe and stitch a shoe's out soles. In 1874, he created and installed on it a shoe welt guide to stitch shoe welts. This machine, purchased by his employer, is currently in use today with only minor improvements to it added. Then in 1876, he simultaneously opened his own shop of patented machines used to finish shoes and invented a machine with a curved needle which sewed a shoe's outer sole and upper with a Lock stitch while the shoe was on the last. He presented it to the Goodyear Company in 1885. He followed this in 1891 with a straight-needle machine delivered a year later. Around 1895 he developed the Brooklyn-based Dancel Machine Company.


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