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Inventions During The Victorian Era
Transcript of Inventions During The Victorian Era
The First Radio
The first radio was invented in 1867 by Guglielmo Marconi. Marconi had heard of a recent discovery by an American scientist, who had recently discovered that there were waves that travel through the air, which could be transmitted at the same frequency. After hearing this, he decided to pursue the idea of sending messages-mainly advertisements and news- via those waves. His first success at this was making a bell ring through wireless signals, and after this he worked on increasing the distance. In 1901 he built a prototype, later making it into an actual machine, which worked. But nobody in Italy wanted to risk investing money on such a foreign machine, but the British did. Today the radio is used for music and radio shows, although we still use it for listening to news and advertisements.
The First Soda
The first soda was invented in 1886 by Dr. John Pemberton. Pemberton was trying to make a cough medicine that tasted better. He started with the base for cough syrup, added in some caffeine, cocoa leaves and the kola nut for some added flavor, all mixed together in carbonated water.After doing this, he discovered he had made a drink instead of a syrup, which was well liked by his friends as well. Pemberton decided to sell it and when he asked his friends what he should call it, he suggested Coco-Cola, due to the ingredients.
The First Electric Train
The First Electric Lightbulb
In the 1860's, a chemist by the name of Joseph Swan demonstrated his invention of the first ever electric lightbulb! The new invention was a huge hit at that time, everyone who needed a more efficient light source for their home wanted one! The lightbulb Joseph Swan created was done by many trials and errors, as well as some collaborations with Thomas Edison! This invention drastically impacted the Victorian Era by being able to literally spread light towards people's homes, workplaces, and any other part of the world!
The First Telegraph
The First Photograph
The First Car
The First Bicycle
The first electric telegraph was invented by William Cook and Charles Wheastone, and used swinging needles transmit messages in Morse code.
The first photographs were taken in the 1830s. Within a few years most towns had a photographic studio where families went dressed in their best clothes to have their picture taken. They had to stand still for a long time, otherwise the picture would be blurred!
In 1790, a frenchman named Comte Mede de Savric invented the first bicycle, called the Célérifère (say-lay-ri-fair).It had four (very thin) wheels instead of two, no brakes and no pedals. People used it y propelling forward with their feet. It also had no way of steering so the only way you could go was straight, and it was made out of a wood.
The year 1886 was the first time anyone had ever seen the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Created by German inventor Carl Benz. Motorized wagons soon replaced horse-drawn carriages, especially after automobiles became affordable for many people when the Ford Model T was introduced in 1908.
The first locomotive was constructed by a chemist named Robert Davidson. When the first electric train was invented, it was powered by electrically charged batteries. The train lowered the costs of maintenance, energy and performance costs. The train also improved people's views of transportation, because of its speed and efficiency for safe travel that is provided to those who are going places throughout the world!