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INNOVATIVE IDEAS

By Kathy Wolfe

  • American chemist Lyle Goodhue patented the aerosol container in 1941. Insecticides were the first items sold in this new dispenser.
  • When America’s first hideaway bed was stowed away for the day, it had to be raised up to the ceiling and secured there. It was a famous statesman who received the first patent for this convenient item—Thomas Jefferson.
  • Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss designed his heavy denim workpants for the miners of San Francisco in 1850. Levi charged $13.50 a pair of these sturdy trousers.
  • It was the greatest thing since sliced bread—a machine that not only sliced the bread but wrapped it as well! This device was the 1930 brainstorm of Otto Rohwodder.
  • Chester Carlson spent a good part of his life perfecting the copy machine, receiving a patent in 1937. However, the world didn’t share his vision of one-touch copying, and 20 companies rejected his presentation before it was finally marketed for the first time in 1959 under the name “Xerox 914.”
  • A young medical student working his way through school in the early 1900s took a job as a shoe salesman, where he recognized just how uncomfortable most shoes were. By the time he graduated, he had invented an arch support he called the “Foot-eazer” and before long opened his own factory. Over the course of his 85 years, Dr. William Scholl introduced more than 1,000 foot care products and claimed he’s had only one corn in his entire life.
  • Although the carpet sweeper was invented in 1876, the name of its inventor lives on today, Melville Bissell. Hubert Booth came up with the electric vacuum cleaner in 1901!
  • Celebrity moms Jamie Lee Curtis and Christie Brinkley got into the inventing act with ideas for kids. Curtis obtained a patent for a diaper with a pre-moistened baby wipe; while Brinkley’s creation of children’s educational blocks earned her U.S. Patent No. 4,998,883.
  • The next time you have a manicure, ask your technician if she has the artificial fingernail with the clock and calendar display available. This 1989 invention enables ladies everywhere to have lovely nails that tell time as well!
  • The name of Porsche brings to mind a sleek, speedy sports car, but did you know that Ferdinand Porsche was also the creator of the Volkswagen Beetle? Although the Bug was invented in 1934, it wasn’t introduced in America until 1949 and remained pretty much the same through 1981, when the 20-millionth Beetle was manufactured. The new Bug design was introduced in 1998.
  • When we think of Henry Ford, we think of the automobile, but how about his other invention, charcoal briquettes? Ford came up with this idea to use up all the scraps of wood remaining from the manufacture of his Model T’s.
  • Back in 1936, Oklahoma grocer Sylvan Goldman was bothered by the fact that his customers quit shopping when their hand-held baskets became too heavy. He devised a shopping cart on wheels after stating at a folding chair. His new creation, dubbed “Cartwheels,” could hold twice as many groceries as a basket! When customers were slow to try his new innovation, Goldman hired actors to cheerfully propel full carts up and down the aisles, pretending to shop. Goldman’s original cart can be seen at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institute.