Technology

Gas Engine Ad (late 19th century)

February 6, 2012

What a curious time it was, when gas engines were advertized quite separately from any machines that would require them!

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Diving apparatus. Mid-19th century

February 6, 2012

An apparatus has also been devised to enable a person to quit the diving bell, and remove to a considerable distance when requisite, and still to receive the necessary supply of air. It consists of a copper helmet, fitting water-tight to the shoulders of the wearer, and furnished with a mouth piece, to which is [...]

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“Modern Improvements in 2012″ – predictions from 1853

February 1, 2012

Dug up this curious piece today, found in the “Knickerbocker” magazine, published in April 1853. Hard to believe that 2012 has arrived so soon! Here are some highlights, in case you don’t have time to read the whole thing: Lightning-Driven Flying Machines allow fast travel Every school-boy has a miniature printing press of his own [...]

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The “Avenir” Balloon

January 27, 2012

Ballon & with steering apparatus, constructed by Mr Pompéien-Piraud around 1883.

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Traveling Electric Light (early 1880s)

January 26, 2012

A beautiful apparatus, to be sure. One thing puts everything in perspective, however. At the time, a couple of horses would have been the only way of moving this traveling electric light from one location to the other.

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Improved telephone: coolest electronic gadget of 1894

January 25, 2012

The transmitter and the receiver are combined in one convenient unit!

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Talking watch (1890s)

January 25, 2012

“To get up anything new in the way of watches seems difficult. The precision of the present construction leaves little margin to progress, and the indications that it has been possible to give these small instruments are som numerous and interfere so little with the perfect running of them that we might consider perfection as [...]

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Marine velocipede or bycicle boat

January 25, 2012

I have seen a good number of designs for aquatic bycicle and other similar inventions. This is the only one that could conceivably operate as envisioned and be safe.

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Early version of the Google-mobile?

January 16, 2012

This truck, whose body is a mammoth reproduction of a newspaper camera, is a fully equipped with a dark room. Photographs can be developed on the way back to the office!

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Balloon steering with a propeller

January 16, 2012

“Albert Tissandier (left), Gaston Tissandier (right), and an unidentified man in the basket of their airship demonstrating an electric navigational system featuring a propeller.”

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