30 Events

  • Camera Obscura

    Joseph Niepce achieves first photographic image with camera obscura - however, the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded.
  • Reaper

    Invented by Cyrus H. McCormick. It was the first commercially successful reaper, a horse-drawn machine to harvest wheat.
  • Daguerreotype

    Louis Daguerre's first daguerreotype - the first image that was fixed and did not fade and needed under thirty minutes of light exposure.
  • Morse Code

    Invented by Samuel Morse. It was an electronic alphabet.
  • Calotype

    William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process - the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies
  • Fax machine

    Invented by Alexander Bain.
  • Telegraph

    Samuel F. B Morse invented it. Using light or electric impulses as the means of communication.
  • Rubber Band

    Invented by Stephen Perry in London, England. It was made of vulcanized. Invented to hold papers together and envolopes.
  • Collodion process

    Frederick Scott Archer invented the Collodion process - images required only two or three
  • Gyroscope

    Invented by Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, a French physicist. Gyroscope is essentially a spinning wheel set in a movable frame
  • Safety Matches

    Invented by Johan Edvard Lundstrom. It could only be lit by striking the match against the specially-prepared surface that came attached to the box.
  • Typewriter

    Invented by Christopher Latham Sholes. Sholes' prototype had the user hit a key (for each letter and number), which struck upward onto a flat plate, producing a carbon impression of the letter or number on the paper. There was no way of spacing the letters, no carriage return, and no shift keys; these features would be added to later models
  • gelatin dry plate silver bromide

    Richard Leach Maddox invented the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process - negatives no longer had to be developed immediately.
  • Cash Register

    Invented by James RItty. During each sale, a paper tape was punched with holes so that the merchant could keep track of sales.
  • Seismograph

    Invented by John Milne.
  • Radar

    Heinrich Hertz began experimenting with radio waves in his laboratory in Germany.
  • Escalator

    Invented by Jesse W. Reno. It had a stationary handle. And took you up and down while it rolls.
  • X-Ray

    Invented by Wilhelm Konrad von Roentgen. It is something that can photograph objects that were hidden behind opaque shields. He even photographed part of his own skeleton.
  • Paperclip

    Created by a Norwegian clerk called Johann Vaaler. The original paper clip was a thin spring-steel wire with triangular or square ends and two "tongues."
  • Pushpin

    Edwin Moore invented this. It's basically a a thumbtack with an elongated handle that makes it easier to put in and remove.
  • Adhesive Tape

    Invented by Richard G. Drew. This tape was a clear, all-purpose adhesive tape that was soon adopted worldwide.