Inventions of 1899

Save

From the paper clip to the battery-operated flashlight, 1899 was a good year for inventions and ingenuity. These inventions sprang from around the globe. Some say they changed history.

Battery-Powered Flashlight

  • Russian native Conrad Hubert became a citizen of the United States in 1891. A few years later, he invented a battery-powered flashlight. Sold as Ever Ready flashlights, the devices made him very rich and gave the world a practical, portable source of light.

The Paperclip

  • Norwegian Johann Vaaler produced a version of the paperclip in 1899, though his invention struggled to compete with the English Gem clip. Proud of Vaaler's paperclip, Norway erected a large monument to it near Oslo. The paperclip also served as a national symbol of resistance to the Nazi occupation of Norway, according to Biography Base.

The Motorized Vacuum Cleaner

  • In 1899, John S. Thurman patented a version of the vacuum cleaner, credited as being the first motorized vacuum cleaner. Fueled by gasoline, the " pneumatic carpet renovator" was the first carpet cleaner relying on something other than human muscle for power, according to American Heritage.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Who Invented the Semi Truck?

    Alexander Winton invented the semi-truck in 1898 and sold his first manufactured semi-truck in 1899. This concept came in the midst of...

  • Paper Clips Facts

    Paper clips are one of the most ubiquitous office supplies in America today. Rarely does anyone ever consider that such an unassuming...

  • Who Invented the Flashlight?

    The battery-powered flashlight, known as a "torch" outside North America, is an essential tool in the modern world. Although Ever-Ready founder Conrad...

  • The History of the Bumper Car

    The history of the bumper car includes the development of the British Dodgem, the Auto Skooter and hovercraft cars. While many bumper...

  • The Best Inventions of 2002

    Every year all sorts of new inventions are thought up by people from all over the world, but only a small number...

  • Famous Failed Inventions

    Many famous inventors, such as Thomas Edison, created products that enhance our everyday lives. But many of these inventions were produced with...

  • What Inventions Were Made in the 1800s?

    Live Science defines inventions as the process of discovering or presenting an element of novelty that will be of use to someone....

  • Funny & Useless Inventions

    Inventions, like human beings, come in all shapes and sizes. Some inventions can be life changing, such as the wheel, or just...

  • What Are the Different Types of Vacuum Tubes?

    Vacuum tubes control, alter, create or intensify electrical indicators by manipulating the traffic of electrons in a low-pressure space. The device contains...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!