Category Archives: Inventions

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.

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People Who Have Contributed to Society

So with the Happy Turkey Day just right around the corner the person or persons we take our hat off to are the people who created the chair. So according to Wikipedia the chair got its origins in Egypt. The chair wasn’t sat in and commonly available for regular people until the 16th century. The chair was a sign of royalty. Only royal people and the exclusive or rich were allowed to sit in chairs. Really? Yes. Really. So I provided a link in this article that will give you more information about the history of chairs. But when you’re stuffing your face with turkey going gobble gobble (and not from the turkey) as your bottom sits and rests….thank all the men and women before you who contributed to that comfort that you enjoy today and probably take for granted. I just got a thought that would be so hilarious if we didn’t have the idea for a chair but we all had to stand at gatherings dinners and restaurants as we ate. That would be so hilarious. Well enjoy your day night or evening once again. Click the link to read more about the people who have contributed to society by building chairs.