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December 24, 2013

22 Strange and Amazing Inventions From the 1920s and 1930s

Evolution of human kind has always been an intriguing process. From the world of vacuum tubes to today’s nanotechnology, the journey has been a great one. But, it’s not like people in the early 20th century were not innovative. They had some of the most amazing inventions at that time. Let’s have a look at some of the most amazing and strange inventions from between the 1920s and 1930s:

1. Bulletproof Glass (1931)

Bulletproof glass, demonstration by the best rifle man of the New York police, 1931.

2. Single Wheel Motorcycle (1931)

One wheel motorcycle (invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine). Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph).

3. Life Jackets Made From Bicycle Tubing (1925)

A group of youngsters tied a bike tyre around the body as a swimming aid. Germany, 1925.

4. Wooden Bathing Suits (1929)

Wooden bathing suits, supposed to make swimming a lot easier. Haquian, Washington, USA, 1929.

5. Radio Stroller (1921)

Stroller equipped with a radio, including antenna and loudspeaker, to keep the baby quiet; USA, 1921.

6. Hat With Integrated Radio (1931)

Portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor in 1931.

7. Clap Skate (1936)

In 1936, inventor R. Handl came up with the movable heel plate, but it wasn’t until 1996 that this concept revolutionized skating.

8. Extensible Caravan (1934)

Extensible caravan, built by a French engineer. France, location unknown, 1934.

9. Piano For the Bedridden (1935)

Piano especially designed for people confined to bedrest; Great Britain, 1935.

10. Hamblin Glasses (1936)

A pair of spectacles especially designed for reading in bed. England, 1936.

11. All Terrain Vehicle (1931)

This all-terrain car can descend slopes up to 65 degrees; England, 1936.

12. Electrically Heated Jacket (1932)

Electrically heated vest, developed for the traffic police in the United States, 1932. The power is supplied by electric contacts in the street.

13. Loetafoon (1929)

A turntable linked to a film projector. It comes with single, dual and triple turntable. Designed by F.B.A. Prinsen, 1929.

14. Amphibious Bicycle (1932)

This land-and-water bike can carry a load of 120 pounds; Paris, 1932.

15. Car With Shovel For Pedestrians (1924)

Kind of shovel on a car. Purpose: reducing the number of casualties among pedestrians. Paris, 1924.

16. Hearing Light For the Blind (1912)

Hearing light with a new invented apparatus, 1912.

17. Early GPS (1932)

Yesteryear’s TomTom, a rolling key map that passes through the screen in a tempo determined by the speed of the car; 1932.

18. Portable and Extendable Bridge (1926)

The emergency bridge can easily be transported on a handcart; invented by L. Deth. The Netherlands, 1926.

19. Faxed Newspaper (1938)

In 1938, the world’s first wireless newspaper was sent from WOR radio station in New York City. In this photo, children are reading the children’s page of a Missouri paper.

20. Snowstorm Mask (1939)

Plastic face protection from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939.

21. Baby Stroller Protected From Gas Attacks (1938)

A wartime stroller equipped with gas protection; England, Hextable, 1938.

22. Revolver Camera (1938)

A Colt 38 carrying a small camera that automatically takes a picture when you pull the trigger. At the left: six pictures taken by the camera. New York, 1938.

(Images via Nationaal Archief)






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