Elijah McCoy

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Elijah McCoy

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A black man named Elijah McCoy invented a lubrication system for steam engines in the late 19th Century. His product was so well established that when people saw crass imitations of it, they would often say 'I want the real McCoy'. And that is how the phrase came into the American Lexicon.

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