Category Archives: Invention

Social Musings 101: The Telescope

So in this posting of people who have contributed to society we discuss none other than  Hans Lippershey. Mr. Lippershey’s contribution was the telescope. I know many of us have watched the doom and gloom end of the world movies. Yes, all those movies were made because scientists and others have the power to see extremely far distances in space. We can see further into space because of Mr. Lippershey and others who thought along the lines of Mr. Lippershey. As a result of this new invention are minds have been expanded and opened to the vast limitlessness of the universe as well. So the next time you go to an observatory give Mr. Lippershey a quiet Thank You for what he’s done and his contribution that’s made our lives easier. You can read more about Mr. Lippershey by clicking the link.

The history of the telescope.

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Who invented toilet paper?  

The next person we discuss in regards to people who have contributed to society is Joseph Gayetty. Joseph is credited with inventing the first major commercial use of toilet paper. So he mass produced it and sold it. But before Mr. Gayetty commercially produced toilet paper in the States, it has been documented as early as the 2nd Century BC, that China was using paper to pad things(according to Wikipedia).  Yan Zhitui documented during the 6th that the Chinese were using paper to wipe themselves after they were finished using the restroom. It was also known that only the wealthy used toilet paper and the rest of the people used their hands, leaves, sawdust, snow, and whatever they could get their hands on. So today we thank not only Mr. Gayetty, but everyone before and after him who contributed to our society in regards to toilet paper. Can you imagine a world where we used sticks to clean our behind, or our hands? Talk about thinking twice before shaking someone’s hand that you just met. So to read more about the history of toilet paper click this link. The invention of toilet paper.

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Who invented the Windshield Wiper Blade?

In this episode of People who have contributed to society……we discuss none other than Mary Anderson. So legend goes (according to Wikipedia) that she was riding in a trolley car in New York City and saw the conductor had to keep the window open in order for sleet not to keep blocking the windshield. So Mary got the idea to have a rubber blade that was attached to a handle that would remove whatever was on the windshield without a person having to do this manually. Anderson’s device could be used while still seated in the car. Other people came out with idea too but Anderson’s was the most effective. Anderson applied for a patent and received it…….her idea, ……… the powers that be didn’t see the usefulness of the idea at the time. But if you drive around in rain or snow, or hail you can give thanks to Mary Anderson. Yes that little luxury that you enjoy of not having to put your hand out the window to clean the front windshield as you drive. If you don’t believe me, have you ever been in heavy rain and driving and turned the wiper blades off accidently, it doesn’t take longer than 3 seconds for you to realize the importance of windshield wiper blades. Thanks again Mary. You can read about about Mary Anderson by clicking the link here.

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So, in this online posting of people who have creatively contributed to society in the art form of invention or innovation and the name that comes to mind is Jacob Schick. If you have ever had to use a dry razor on your skin you know this process can take a very long time. Mr. Schick patented the idea on the electric shaver. Not only is the electric razor more efficient, but you can save time as well using an electric shaver. For myself if I use an electric razor I can shave whatever area that needs to be shaved pretty quickly. Mr. Schick had an idea and he executed it and has made a meaningful contribution to society in the artistic realm of invention and innovation. Okay, you can read more about Mr. Schick and his invention by reading here. Click the link. The inventor of the electric shaver.

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In this posting of People who have contributed to society, we talk about none other than Christopher Latham Sholes who invented the first practical typewriter and the qwerty keyboard. Can you imagine the amount of editing that people would have to use in order to create books, letters, or magazines? Wow. If everything were still hand written can you imagine the number of people who would develop Carpal tunnel injuries? So once again we take our hat off to Mr. Sholes and thank him for helping our society facilitate transferring our thoughts from mind to physical print or form. Another plus of the keyboard is it allows you to type freely and see what’s happening in the back of your mind. Happy Turkey Day to those that celebrate it and have a great day, evening, or night to all. Click the link to learn more about Christopher Latham Sholes.


**I stated that Sholes created the typewriter…he didn’t. Henry Mill invented the typewriter but Sholes made the commercially successful version of the typewriter. So thank you Mr. Mill for making an invention that Sholes and others were able to improve upon.

Social Musings 101

In today’s session of people who have contributed to society……we discuss Seneca the Younger…as early dates put him on as the person who looked thru a glass filled with water and noticed that letters no matter how small could be magnified. It’s this magnification principle that eventually led to other creators coming up with and making eyeglasses. So some of you can’t read this type without glasses or contacts. Others that have had Lasik no longer need them. Well you can think the likes of Seneca and all the others after him who added to this concept and built on it. As a result of his discovery and telling others about it many people that would have been robbed from walking in the wrong area, swindled from not being able to read contracts, didn’t have these things happen. But on a lighter more positive note the same people have been able to fully enjoy the joys of life, seeing flowers bloom, seeing the sunset, seeing beauty in all it’s grandeur and physical form…some experiences can only be fully  felt by experiencing them from all five senses. If you have ever been to a concert or a theater or really been into a movie that you like you can experience this. If  you have ever been really happy or in LOVe and had a experience with your significant  other that involves heavy breathing……LOL….you know what I’m talking about….I think it’s those memories  and experiences that make life worth living and looking forward to… for all the creators, inventors, and entrepreneurs involved in the magnification of glasses, or eye glasses, or glass ware. Thank You. Click the links  to learn more about Seneca the Younger and glasses.

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People Who Have Contributed to Society

Today we learn about 2 individuals who contributed to society (apparently from records at the same time) in regards to the wonderful and childlike Teddy Bear. So  Morris Michtom after seeing a cartoon where  former President Theodore Roosevelt had some bad dealings with a bear got the idea to create a toy bear. He named the toy bear a Teddy Bear. It just so happens that he owned a novelty shop and then put  in the window and they started to sell. As a result of the successful sales of the teddy bear he founded the company Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. Before sailing the toy bears he got permission from Teddy to produce the toy bears using his name.

The second person who according to records came up with the idea at the exact same time as Michtom was Richard Steiff. So Richard came up with the same idea and with a toy bear and took it to a toy fair and caught the guy of a manufacturer who ordered a whole lot of teddy bears. Then as any successful item does it started showing up every where with women and people holding the bears. But today I say thank you to Michtom and Steiff because of all the affection and displays of LOVE that are non- material but the bear allows to give the material expression of LOVE. That’s all enjoy your day, evening, and night. Click the link to read more about the history of teddy bears.

The History of Caterpillar

So one of the founding fathers of what is now the Caterpillar Corporation had a problem. In order to pave roads he had to use heavy heavy heavy machinery. The machinery would sink into the sand while trying to pave roads. So Benjamin Holt tried increased the size of the wheels but this failed. Then he tried placed some would planks around the bottom portion of the tractor attached to wooden chains and then “Bammmmmm”  he came up with a new and efficient means of moving tractor trailers. It is alleged that he got the idea to call the company caterpillar after one of the people at  his discovery said that thing moves like a caterpillar. Well enjoy. Read the History of Caterpillar. Click the link.

Here’s a funny video of where the idea Bammmm came from.