Browsing: Inventions

A Brief History On March 5, 1836, Samuel Colt formed Patent Arms Manufacturing, the forerunner of Colt’s Firearms Manufacturing Company which in turn became today’s Colt’s Manufacturing Company.  (For a companion list for this article, please see our list of “The Top 10 Famous Pistols.”) Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the reason for the founding of this company was the invention and patenting of the revolver, a pistol with a revolving cylinder that can fire 6 times in rapid succession (originally 5 times, later changed to 6) compared to the single shot pistols of the time. Colt’s Paterson revolver,…

A Brief History On March 2, 1949, The Old Lamplighter became a memory and a song, but not an occupation, as automatic street lights start to shine, adding to the list in our previous article, “Famous Inventions by Ohioans”!  Today we discuss some of the milestones in the history of automotive and street lighting. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find on this day, the first automatic street lights went into operation in New Milford, Connecticut.  Prior to this development, electric street lamps, not to be confused with traffic control lights, had to be turned on manually or by timer, regardless…

A Brief History On February 21, 1947, a new era in photography began with the demonstration of the first “instant” photos! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find inventor Edwin Land showing off his new Polaroid Land Camera to an adoring public. Able to take a picture and develop it right there in your hand in a minute or so was a great advance over having to send exposed film to a photo lab or laboriously developing the film in your own darkroom. The privacy of taking photos that could be developed away from the prying eyes of lab techs was another buyers’…

A Brief History On December 26, 1982, Time Magazine broke with tradition and for the first time ever named a non-human as its “Man of the Year” (MOY) when they named the Personal Computer the cover model of its iconic issue. Digging Deeper Of course, the “Man of the Year” title is somewhat dated, as since 1999 the “award” has been officially called “Person of the Year” (POY) and the tradition goes back to 1927 when the magazine named aviator Charles Lindbergh as its first person recognized as most influential in the world, whether for good or for bad.  In…

A Brief History On December 2, 1982, medical history was made when Barney Clark, a retired dentist, received a Jarvik 7 artificial heart at the University of Utah, the first time an artificial heart was implanted meant as a permanent solution and not just a temporary spot holder until a viable heart for transplant could be found. Digging Deeper Powered by a pump the size of a dehumidifier or larger, the 1980’s version was not exactly a walk around your house back to normal life type of proposition.  Other attempts prior to this had been with devices meant only to…

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