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  • Phonograph Record


    Tue, September 2nd 2014

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    The phonograph (gramophone) record was invented in 1887 by German-born, American inventor Emile Berliner (1851-1929). His flat, rotating disc involved the stylus moving horizontally across the record rather than vertically, as with the cylinders used previously. Berliner's recording stylus cut down on sound distortion and was easier to manufacture than the cumbersome wax cylinders. Early phonograMore.

  • Folding Wheelchair


    Sun, August 31st 2014

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    "Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair." Dorothy Parker, writer After breaking his back in a mining accident , Herbert Everest so disliked his unwieldy wheelchair that he enlisted the help of an engineer friend, Harry Jennings, to help design a new chair. The device that Jennings came up with revolutionized the wheelchair market. Although wheelchairs had bMore.

  • Automatic Bread Slicer


    Sun, August 31st 2014

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    U.S. inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder (1880-1960) started working on the design of an automatic bread slicer in around 1912 and developed several prototypes, including one that held a sliced loaf together with metal pins. These early designs were not successful and Rohwedder faced a major setback in 1917 when his designs were destroyed in a fire at the factory at Monmouth, Illinois, that had agreMore.

  • Heroin


    Sun, August 31st 2014

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    "[Heroin is] not hypnotic, and there is no danger of acquiring a habit." Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (1900) Throughout the nineteenth century, scientists sought a non-addictive substitute for the painkiller morphine. Morphine itself was first derived from the seeds of the white Indian poppy (Papaver somniferum) in 1803 by German pharmacist Friedrich Serturner. Heroin was first processed More.

  • Film Camera/Projector


    Thu, August 28th 2014

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    "If my films make even one more person feel miserable, I'll feel I've done my job." Woody Alien, movie director In just over 100 years, "moving pictures" have evolved from peep-show parlors into a vast, multibillion dollar industry that spans the globe. Today's movie industry has its roots in numerous nineteenth-century innovations. Thomas Edison sought to develop a device"... which does for thMore.

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