What's It Wednesday #125
As we fast approach the 4th of July, I wanted to find a way to celebrate and honor our nation. What better way than to share some wonderful finds that Americans invented or made great.
Let's look at the ice cream freezer. First, it was in the USA where ice cream manufacturing and popularity soared.
In 1846 a woman named Nancy Johnson in New York made life easy for us ice cream lovers by inventing a crude, but easy to use, hard crank ice cream maker. Remarkably, she never patented the device!
It was March 10, 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell spoke into his device and said to his assistant, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you”. I wonder what he would think of the cell phones of today? We've come a long way!
The typewriter. The modern version is itself obsolete. Back in 1867 Christopher Latham Sholes invented the first practical, modern typewriter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mention this word to young people, and they ask “what's that?”. Better yet don't... it'll make you feel old... fast!
In 1874, William Blackstone of Indiana built a birthday present for his wife, which removed and washed away dirt from clothes.
The first washing machine designed for convenient home use was born.
On February 17, 1891, Albert Richardson filed a patent for the butter churn.
The device consisted of a large cylinder and a plunger like handle that moved up and down. Imagine, taking half the day just to make butter!
We've used our good ol' “American ingenuity”, to make life better and more enjoyable. Take a look around your home, chances are most of your conveniences were created right here in the USA.
America, long may she reign!
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