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Inventions that Didn't Change the World: Book by Julie Halls

Inventions that Didn't Change the World

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ISBN: 9780500517628    Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 224        
Inventions that Didn't Change the World is a fascinating visual tour through some of the most bizarre inventions registered with the British authorities in the nineteenth century. In an era when Britain...Read more
Inventions that Didn't Change the World is a fascinating visual tour through some of the most bizarre inventions registered with the British authorities in the nineteenth century. In an era when Britain was the workshop of the world, registration of designs was quicker and cheaper than the convoluted patenting process, and all manner of bizarre curiosities were painstakingly recorded in beautiful color illustrations and well-penned explanatory text, alongside the genuinely great inventions of the period. Irreverent commentary contextualizes each submission as well as taking a humorous view on how each has stood the test of time. This book introduces such gems as a ventilating top hat; an artificial leech; a design for an aerial machine adapted for the arctic regions; an anti-explosive alarm whistle; a tennis racket with ball-picker; and a currant-cleaning machine. Here is everything the end user could possibly require for a problem he never knew he had.
Organized by area of application industry, clothing, transportation, medical, health and safety, the home, and leisure Inventions that Didn't Change the World reveals the concerns of a bygone era giddy with the possibilities of a newly industrialized world.
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More than just a fun and beautifully printed collection of odd and curious patents. The author s knowledgeable commentary gives an interesting cultural account of the demands for, and uses of,...Read more
More than just a fun and beautifully printed collection of odd and curious patents. The author s knowledgeable commentary gives an interesting cultural account of the demands for, and uses of, these Victorian-era gadgets. . . . Highly recommended.
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