Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

C. Huffman

First Telephone - 1876

Alexander Graham Bell

The telephone is a device of communication that people still use today. The telephone gave a whole new meaning to communication. People were becoming more aware of issues that were happening around them. Communication through the telephone was much faster than by mail. The telephone helped businesses to reach consumers easier and made businesses more efficient. The telephone has brought a new era of communication and information gathering everywhere.

Automatic Lubricator - 1872

Elijah McCoy

The automatic lubricator was a very useful piece of machinery for transportation at the time, specifically for steam engines. The automatic lubricator created a much better process for keeping steam engines oiled. Before the automatic lubricator steam engine locomotives had to be completely shut down in order for the steam engine to be oiled. This had to happen after every use to keep the engine properly maintained. So the automatic lubricator saved engineers a lot of time and hassle. This also made for a much more efficient way for oiling the steam engine which was good for everybody. The companies that owned the steam engine locomotives could consistently keep people riding which meant for a more consistent cash flow. The people could now ride at more times during the day because the steam engine locomotives did not have to completely shut down and during a long trip the steam engine locomotives would not have to stop in the middle of the ride to be oiled.

Typewriter - 1873

Christopher Sholes

The typewriter brought a faster and more portable way of writing. This allowed people to type  in their home, office, on the road, etc. The portability allowed flexibility for where to do the writing. Additionally it provided a higher quality document due to the consistency of the lettering. Lastly, it set the basis for the computer keyboards, that we even have today. This invention is still used today in other parts of the world, such as India.

Phonograph - 1877

Thomas Edison

The phonograph was the beginning of sound recording and it provided a new convenience to listeners. The phonograph provided people an alternate way of listening to music rather than on the radio. There was also a portability factor about the phonograph because now records could be taken to different places that had phonographs. With the phonograph people could listen to what they to wanted, when they wanted, and where they wanted. The phonograph also created a future for sound recording.

Automatic Dishwasher - 1886

Josephine Cochrane

The automatic dishwasher made cleaning dishes faster, more efficient, and required less effort. The automatic dishwasher helped to reduce the amount of broken dishes because there became less handling of the dishes. The automatic dishwasher also kept the kitchen neater and more clutter-free. Another benefit of the automatic dishwasher is that cleanup after entertaining became simplified. The automatic dishwasher is an invention that has been developed and a more advanced model is used today. It has also become required by law that hospitals and many other food service institutions clean their dishes by automatic dishwasher methods.

Handheld Camera - 1888

George Eastman

The handheld camera simplified photography by provided a portable way of photography. The handheld camera created a new era of photography because it made it much easier to take pictures anywhere. Photography became available to everyone, not just trained photographers. The handheld camera helped to create a future in photography, directly affecting the invention of the motion picture camera. The motion picture camera became possible because of the invention of the commercial transparent roll film by George Eastman.

Gasoline Powered Automobile - 1893

Charles and Frank Duryea

The gasoline powered automobile brought a completely new era to transportation. It was easier to store the automobile compared to horses and trains. The gasoline automobile was also much faster and more efficient than using horses or traveling by foot. The automobile was also an invention that everyone had available to them and most people use automobiles today for their main way of transportation. The first gasoline powered automobile was just the start of an extremely large industry and a needed way of transportation.

Carbon Filament - 1881

Lewis Latimer

The carbon filament made the light inside the light bulb last much longer and it created a common use for the light bulb. The light lasted longer because the carbon filament was made out of durable carbon compared to the paper version Edison created that burned out very fast. Due to the longer lasting filament it was a much better choice than candles or kerosene lamps because they were safer and used electricity.

Ice Machine - 1851

John Gorrie

The ice machine was invented for medicinal reasons. It helped to lessen the suffering of yellow fever victims. The ice machine also became the basis for air-conditioning in the 20th century. The ice machine did help to make ice faster, but was not as helpful to the average person because it was not yet a machine that could be easily place and used in a persons home. The ice machine was a good invention and helped for creating a very important utility today; air conditioning.

Refrigerated Railroad Car - 1878

Gustavus Swift

The refrigerated railroad car provided a great new way of transporting goods that need to stay cold. The refrigerated railroad car could transport goods over a long period of time, keeping them cold, sanitary, and fresh. Meats could now be transporting a long distance and stay fresh through the whole trip and still be good when it arrives at the destination. The refrigerated railroad car benefited consumers and producers because now there was competition and that helped to keep prices reasonable because before people were forced to pay the prices in their area. The refrigerated railroad car gave variety to consumers because what could not be grown in your area during a certain season of the year could be grow and shipped from another area of the world. Therefore it also benefited the economy.

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