Famous Inventions

  • Blue Jeans

    Blue Jeans
    Levi Strauss invented the blue jeans using material originally to make tents and wagon covers. He recieved a patnent on the process of using rivets for strength, and one for his "bllue jeans."
  • Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper
    The soft drink Dr. Pepper was invented by a young pharmacist, Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas.
  • Dishwasher

    Josephine Cochran invented the first practical dishwasher. She unveiled it at the 1893 World's Fair.
  • Crayons

    Crayola crayons were the first kids crayons ever made. They were invented by cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. The first box only contained 8 colors.
  • Airplane

    Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane. The first engine-powered airplane to fly was the Kitty Hawk in 1903.
  • Fly Swatter

    Fly Swatter
    Frank H. Rose constructed a device from a yardstick and a piece of string. He originally called it a "fly bat."
  • Aluminum Foil

    Aluminum Foil
    Charles Maartin Hall invented aluminum foil. He discovered the electrolytic method of producing aluminum cheaply and brought the metal into wide commercial use.
  • Band-Aid

    Earle Dickson invented the band-aid to help his wife who was always cutting her fingers while preparing food. He was employed at Johnson & Johnson as a cotton buyer at the time.
  • Kool-Aid

    edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid by experimentation in his mother's Kitchen in Nebraska in the early 1920's. He would make homemade concoctions.and Kool-Aid was one of them. Originally it was called Fruit Smack and sold via mail order. The name was changed in 1927.
  • Kleenex

    Kleenex was first invented to remove makeup and cold cream. By 1930, they changed their ads to promote a disposable handkerchief.
  • Scotch Tape

    Scotch Tape
    Scotch Tape was invented by a 3M engineer Richard Drew.
  • Ice Tray

    The first flexible stainless steel, all metal ice tray was invented by Guy Thinkham.
  • Answering Machine

    Willy Muller invented the first automatic answering machine which was three feet tall.
  • Shopping Cart

    Shopping Cart
    Sylvan Goldman invented the first shopping cart by adding 2 wire baskets and wheels to a folding chair.
  • Ball Point Pens

    Ball Point Pens
    The ball point pen was invented by Ladisio Biro.
  • Kitty Litter

    Kitty Litter
    After hearing complaints from a neighbor about her cat pans, Edward Lowe decided to package clay in 5lb. bags marked "kitty litter" to sell at a local pet store. In 1964, Lowe created the Tidy Cat brand of litter.
  • Etch-A-Sketch

    The Etch-A-Sketch was invented by Arthur Granjean in the late 1950's.
  • Automatic Doors

    Dee Horton and Lew Hewitt invented the sliding automatic door in 1954. They sold the first door in America in 1960.
  • Barbi doll

    Barbi doll
    The Barbie doll was invented by Ruth Handler (co-founder of Mattel). Barbie and Ken are named after her kids. Barbie was first introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York City.
  • Jacuzzi

    Roy Jacuzzi invented and marketed the first self-contained, fully integrated whirlpool bath by incorporating jets into the sides of the tub.
  • Air Bags

    Air Bags
    General Motors research team invented the first car safety air bags. They were offered in the 1973 model Chevrolet as an option.
  • Apple Computers

    Apple Computers
    Apple Computers were first released on April Fools Day by company founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.
  • iPod

    Apple Computers announced their portable music digital player.