Who Invented the Electric Water Heater?

Who Invented the Electric Water Heater?...

When you take showers or full baths nowadays, you can choose to have cold or hot water to wash yourself with. That is now one of the basic commodities that we have thanks to the person who invented the electric water heater years ago. Various Records of the Water Heater Some say that it was during the 1850s when an experiment started it all. However, there was no mention of the person who invented the electric water heater. That is why we can only speculate on the true creator since there are some accounts in history that mention some names of the possible creator but the inventions were done in different years. For the earliest record in the 1850s, water and bath were said to be used in the experiment. These were heated from underneath with the use of gas jets. Another account says that in the year 1868, there was an Englishman named Benjamin Maughan who was said to have invented the first water heater. This product was named as “The Geyser.” This particular device, that many thought to be a bit dangerous, was used to heat water flowing into the bath. And there are also others that say that it was indeed Edwin Ruud who created the first model of the water heater. However, there are some notes in the early years that mention Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer, was merely initially influenced by the earlier invention of Maughan that is why Ruud’s creation was made afterwards. Ruud invention of the electric water heater (or automatic storage) was done in the year 1889. Later, Ruud founded the company called as the Ruud Manufacturing Company which carried a long line of these products. That is why many...
Who Invented the Sewing Machine?

Who Invented the Sewing Machine?...

Introduction A sewing machine is a machine designed to sew fabric or clothing together. Sewing has been around ever since man decided to wear clothes. The first needles and threads were made from animal parts such as horns, bones and sinews. Iron needles were invented in the 1500s. When the sewing machine was invented, it made mass production of clothes and fabrics much easier and affordable. Early Inventors the Sewing Machine Hand sewing is a slow process. For the clothing and fabric industries, it was also expensive. It meant having to pay more to tailors for work that took very long. So several inventors tried to address the problem by proposing mechanical sewing. In 1790 an Englishman named Thomas Saint was granted a patent for a sewing machine design. But there is no proof that Saint, a cabinet maker, ever built his machine. Later when a prototype was built based on his descriptions, it didn’t work. So he can’t be considered as the one who invented the sewing machine. In 1810, Balthasar Kremps of Germany made an unpatented design for sewing caps, but it was ineffective. Earlier in 1804 two patents were issued to two unsuccessful sewing machine designs: One to James Henderson and Thomas Stone in France, and another to John Duncan of Scotland. Joseph Madersperger of Austria came up with various sewing machine designs in 1814. Even though he got his patent, none of his inventions woked. Four years later in 1818, two Americans, John A. Doge and John Knowles failed in their attempt as well. Invention of the Sewing Machine It wasn’t until 1830 that the first successful sewing machine was invented. Its creator was another Frenchman, Barthelemy Thimonnier. His design had a chain stitch made...
Who Invented the Kitchen Table?

Who Invented the Kitchen Table?...

Who invented the kitchen table? That question seems not to have a concrete answer. Certain Beliefs on the Earliest Traces in History Looking back in history, no one seems to know who invented the kitchen table. And yet, with a blurry past some believe that the Ancient Egyptians can be traced back then to be the first ones to have used kitchen tables. Because of that belief, it has been inferred that perhaps these Egyptians who lived centuries ago had also invented the kitchen table and used it to their convenience. Whether that belief holds true to the real origins of the kitchen table, no one can actually say. Different Uses of the Kitchen Table during the Middle Ages While kitchen tables nowadays are solely used for dining, there were earlier accounts that these tables were also used for other purposes such as keeping things organized in the kitchen by placing certain kitchen supplies on the tables. It was also mostly used for preparing food. But, during the middle ages, the purpose of these kitchen tables for dining started with servants. There was a kitchen table in the kitchen area where household help and other servants eat on. African Receives a Patent for the Table In October 6, 1896, African inventor Henry A. Jackson got a patent for the kitchen table. At a time when kitchen counters were not a typical household item then, this inventor thought of organizing the kitchen with the use of the kitchen table. It was then used for dining and preparation of meals. Different Models Soon Emerged One by One Like other inventions, the kitchen table had gone through certain modifications that involved different materials and designs. Through the years, the kitchen table also...
Who Invented the Skyscraper?

Who Invented the Skyscraper?...

Defined as a super tall building that is continuously habitable, a skyscraper is a fascinating invention. The Empire State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan are just some of the most impressive skyscrapers ever created. Today, these buildings serve as practical solutions to the increasing scarcity of land worldwide. Aside from these things, it is also good to know the history of these tall buildings including who invented the skyscraper. The Invention of the Skyscraper Who invented the skyscraper? After he created the first ever load-bearing structural frame for the Home Insurance Building within the City of Chicago in Illinois in 1885, it is but right to credit architect William Le Baron Jenney as the Father of American skyscrapers. The ten-storey building was the very first skyscraper in the world. In 1891, American architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler designed the Wainwright Building in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was also a ten-storey building. However, many people considered it the first true skyscraper rather than the Home Insurance Building because it was constructed with steel frames. Furthermore, it featured vertical bands, which helped emphasized the building’s height even more. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information After the early skyscrapers were created, fire restrictions and height limits were introduced. In 1895, the American Surety Building was completed in New York. It was the tallest building during that time. In 1930, the Chrysler Building was completed in New York City. In 1931, the Empire State Building, which was comprised of 102 floors, was completed. In 1932, the Boerentoren was constructed in Antwerp, Belgium. It was made up of 26 floors. In 1940, the Torre Piacentini was completed with 31 floors within the...
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