Monterey Collision & Auto Repair

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The Interesting History of Windshield Wipers

It’s raining, it’s pouring... and before you know it, you’ll need new wiper blades! As little as we think about windshield wipers up until we need them, we virtually never question their origin.


When you think about it, windshield wipers are actually an incredible invention, and critical to driver safety. They were first invented and patented in 1903 by Mary Anderson, who observed an issue with visibility after a trolley ride one year prior. Anderson was born in Alabama, but moved to Fresno, California in 1893. A handful of others had attempted a device like this, but none were successful enough to warrant a patent until Anderson’s. By 1920, her original hand-crank windshield wiper design was a standard for automobile production.


Working in the auto industry as we do at Robert’s Collision and Repair, we have a lot of respect for all the contributors throughout history who have improved the safety and functionality of cars. We carry that mantle proudly as the newest generation of experts, and do our best to ensure the continued safety and efficiency of vehicles on the road today.

If you have any questions about our auto repair services or auto body shop, we’d love to help you out! Come by Robert’s Collision and Repair at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey. You’re welcome to call us at (831) 920-4311, or make an appointment here. You’ll be glad you did!


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