Timeline of inventions 1850-1950 By suzymj25 May 9, 1850 Invention of the dishwasher Joel Houghton was granted the first patent for a dishwasher. Period: May 9, 1850 to May 9, 1950 Timeline span May 9, 1851 Isaac Singer invents a sewing machine. May 9, 1852 Jean Bernard Léon Foucault invents gyroscope. May 9, 1853 George Cayley invents a manned glider May 9, 1862 Richard Gatling patents the machine gun. May 9, 1866 Alfred Nobel invents dynamite. May 9, 1868 J P Knight invents traffic lights. May 9, 1872 J.S. Risdon patents the metal windmill. May 9, 1873 Joseph Glidden invents barbed wire. May 9, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone. May 9, 1880 The British Perforated Paper Company invents a form of toilet paper. May 9, 1884 James Ritty invents the first working, mechanical cash register. May 9, 1888 Marvin Stone patents the spiral winding process to manufacture the first paper drinking straws. May 9, 1893 American, W.L. Judson invents the zipper. May 9, 1898 Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster. May 9, 1900 Charles Seeberger redesigned Jesse Reno's escalator and invented the modern escalator. May 9, 1901 Hubert Booth invents a compact and modern vacuum cleaner. May 9, 1904 Benjamin Holt invents a tractor. May 9, 1907 Color photography invented by Auguste and Louis Lumiere. May 9, 1912 The first tank patented by Australian inventor De La Mole May 9, 1913 Mary Phelps Jacob invents the bra. May 9, 1916 Stainless steel invented by Henry Brearly May 9, 1919 The pop-up toaster invented by Charles Strite. May 9, 1921 Artificial life begins -- the first robot built. May 9, 1924 The dynamic loudspeaker invented by Rice and Kellogg May 9, 1932 Polaroid photography invented by Edwin Herbert Land. May 9, 1940 Peter Goldmark invents modern color television system May 9, 1948 Robert Hope-Jones invented the Wurlitzer jukebox.