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The 1900s: The First Decade of the 20th Century

  • The Vacuum Cleaner

    The Vacuum Cleaner
    Inventor: Hubert Cecil Booth Not many people stop, tilt their heads, and gaze lovingly at their vacuum cleaner; why should we? It's a vacuum cleaner...but it's so important to our way of life. In 1901, Hubert C. Booth developed the first functioning vacuum cleaner. It was gas-powered, and I can imagine it was rather noisy, seeing as how that gas is what powered a literal engine in order to produce the suction required for this machine.
  • Air Conditioning

    Air Conditioning
    Inventor: Willis Haviland Carrier This...is a biggie. ESPECIALLY for any of us living in the middle of a desert. The idea of the modern air conditioning system was invented in the year 1902 by inventor Willis H. Carrier. What that man did in the 1900s is the building block for our extremely comfortable way of life nowadays.
  • First Fully Synthetic Thermoset, aka. "Plastic"

    First Fully Synthetic Thermoset, aka. "Plastic"
    Inventor: Leo Baekeland This is another one of those inventions that has affected our lives ever since it was created. In 1905, Leo Baekeland developed the world's first fully synthetic thermoset, or in other words, the first "real" or "modern plastic". Ever since then we have been using it, throwing it away, recycling it into more things, which we inevitably end up using, and then throwing away again.
  • Radiowave Broadcasting

    Radiowave Broadcasting
    Inventor: Reginald A. Fessenden With the invention of radio, the world seemed a little less vast. it allowed large groups of people scattered throughout a large area to be able to receive the same news at the same time, all from the comforts of their own homes. This was famously utilized by FDR during his presidency. After discovering that technology allowed us to explore more of the world and reach further, we felt driven to expand our reach even further.
  • The Model T

    The Model T
    Inventor: Henry Ford Before, Automobiles were a symbol of a person's wealth. But now, The vast majority of people have a car...and we have Henry Ford to thank for that. using his patented assembly-line method of assembling cars, he was able to mass-produce motor vehicles at a fraction of the cost of his competitors. thanks to this invention, our way of life became our "Highway of Life".