Carlton DiCarlo shown here working in his lab in Paramus, N.J.
Born in Italy in 1910, he immigrated to the United States around 1913. He attended the Newark School of Industrial Arts and set up a photography studio in Westwood, N.J.
He was always interested in new product design and had several inventions in ink pens and film etching devices.
In 1951 he joined Bell Labs in Murray Hill, where he worked as a product designer and artist for 25 years. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America until his retirement.
He then resumed his own product design. His list of new inventions include, the MagiCutter, the Envelopener and a new type of needle threader.