Who Invented the Pen?

Who Invented the Pen?

Introduction The ability to write is one of those things that men believe sets them apart from animals. It is also one of the oldest. Archeologists have found cave drawings from the time of primitive humans. These were made with sharpened rocks, the first writing instruments. Early Writing Early Pens The Greeks invented the first writing instrument that resembled a pen. It was a sharp-pointed object called a stylus made of either bone or metal. They would use it to make marks on a wax-covered writing tablets. Since wax is vulnerable to scratches, they designed the tablets to fold in the middle to preserve the writing. So they looked like the earliest notebooks and journals too. In Rome, they used bamboo sticks for writing pens. They would fill it from one end with ink and the other end was sharpened for writing. The Chinese invented “india ink.” It was first used to paint hieroglyphs on stone. India ink was made from oil, soot and animal substances. Other peoples were making their own writing inks from various plants and minerals too. At the same time people were learning to make writing paper. While the Chinese used wood fiber, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used parchment and papyrus. In 700 AD, the well-known quill pen came into use. It was made from the feathers of live birds, usually goose or (more expensive) swan. The quill pen was hard to make and had to be replaced each week. The Modern Pen In 1884, a thousand years after the advent of the quill pen, Lewis Waterman invented the first modern fountain pen. Waterman was an insurance broker in New York. One of his clients was about to sign on to a lucrative contract...
Who Invented the Frisbee?

Who Invented the Frisbee?...

It may be interesting to discover who invented the Frisbee. Now one of the famous playthings to most of the children and adults in many countries, learning the earlier invention in history may be quite worthy to dig up. However, finding the answer is not really that easy. As such, just like many other earlier inventions, there are many who claim the credit of being the person who invented the Frisbee. The First Set of Pie Tins and the Initial Claims to Glory During this era, pies were made and sold by the Frisbie Baking Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There were lots of college students from various New England colleges who bought these pies. And it was said that the students later discovered that the empty pie tins can be used for play by tossing and catching it. Because of this tale, many of the colleges in the area tried to bag the credit for the person who invented the playing of Frisbee. They wanted to be the school of “he who was first to fling.” To get the claim, one of the colleges, Yale College, even mentioned a tale that in 1820, Elihu Frisbee, an undergraduate, was the real Frisbee inventor. It was said that Elihu grabbed a collection tray in the chapel and threw it across the campus – thus, creating the first Frisbee fling. However, this is not a true account since all the pie tins made in those times bore the words “Frisbie’s Pies” where the word “Frisbie” was later derived to name the toy. The Plastic Frisbee Version and the Other Inventors Together with Warren Franscioni, Walter Frederick Morrison, a building inspector in Los Angeles, invented another version of the Frisbee toy in 1948....
Who Invented the Sony Walkman?

Who Invented the Sony Walkman?...

Walkman is the brand name of a portable audio cassette player manufactured by Sony. The introduction of the original version of the product altered the habits of consumers when it comes to music listening. Some of the products released by the company with the brand name are the Video Walkman, the Walkman MP3 player as well as the Network Walkman. From its development up to March 2007, the trademark remained popular to music lovers. To know more about the product, it is best to begin with identifying the person behind the development of the Sony Walkman. History of the Trademark Who invented the Sony Walkman? According to reports, the first walkman was developed and designed by Nobutoshi Kihara, an audio division engineer at Sony, in 1978. The product was created for the personal use of the company’s co-chairman Akio Morita. The executive requested Kihara to develop a portable music player that he can use to listen to classical songs during his trips. Because of the efficiency and high quality performance of the product, Sony decided to introduce the music player to the public. The first batch of Sony Walkman was released in Japan in 1979. Additional Information and Other Important Details The first version of the music device is known as the Walkman TPS-L2. The appearance of the device is very simple with the silver and blue theme. When the device was introduced in Great Britain, it came with various accessories such as mini headphone jacks and stereo playback. The product became popular because it allowed two individuals to listen to music at the same time. Aside from this, another special feature of the product is that it can be used to record conversations because it has a built-in...
Who Invented the Outhouse?

Who Invented the Outhouse?...

Bowel movement being a basic universal need, it’s easy to imagine how the man who invented the outhouse came up with the idea. But who was the first latrine maker? Prehistoric Times Defecation in ancient times is thought to have been done indiscriminately. Prehistoric men released human waste anywhere in the forest. But soon, as the idea of privacy was beginning to take shape in their minds, they began to do it in isolation in caves. This was the crudest form of an outhouse by the first latrine maker or makers. Some studies estimate this to have happened about the same time when man learned to dress up. But the problem of available space in the latrine caves soon started troubling them. Thus, probably for convenience sake, they started digging holes for the purpose and partly refilling it with earth to make it reusable by others. Then, as refilling reached the level of the ground, they dug another site. As they advanced in living standards, people started living in constructed shelters of wood and thick canvas, and much later, wood and stone. The idea of communities also began to propagate. About that time, caves were too isolated and dangerous to continue serving the defecation needs of the people. The person or persons who invented the outhouse came up with the idea at this time. It Really Started in China The earliest record of a water closet system was in China. A stone toilet bowl with a water system was found to have been used in 206 B.C. Thus, the first latrine maker and the person who invented the outhouse could well have been a Chinese who lived around this time. Outhouses in Europe Some experts estimate that the first...
Who Invented Quaker Oats?

Who Invented Quaker Oats?...

Quaker Oats is a famous brand name of products made from oat grains. The food has ingredients that are helpful to improve the health conditions of consumers. Researches proved that the products have soluble fiber, which lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. Aside from these, Quaker Oats prevent the risk of heart related diseases. Because of the nutritional value of the products, many consumers purchase the breakfast cereals. To know more about this trademark, it is best to start with the history of Quaker Oats. History Who invented Quaker Oats? The brand name was found and was registered by entrepreneurs William Heston and Henry Seymour to the U.S. Patent Office on September 4, 1877. Henry Cowell acquired Quaker Mill Company from Henry Seymour in 1881 and got the right to manufacture and sell products bearing the trademark. After a year, an advertisement for Quaker Oats was released in America. The products were offered in cereal boxes in 1885. Henry Cowell decided to merge with other milling companies in the United States in 1888 and the American Cereal Company was established. The firm released trial sizes and small boxes of oat products. To promote the products, the company gave samples to the residents of Portland in Oregon. The promotional strategy was applied in the other parts of the country. The executives of American Cereal Company established the Quaker Oats Company in New Jersey in 1901. The firm released oat products in round boxes in 1915. During the last months of the year, it introduced special or premium oat breakfast cereals. To enhance the sales of the firm, it introduced a variant of oat cereal named as the Quaker Quick Oats in the 1920s. The popularity of the products...
Page 17 of 49« First...10...1516171819...3040...Last »