Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

The Telephone - 1876

By Olivia Thomas

Alexander Graham Bell

The invention of the telephone changed the rate of communication immensely.  Because of how quickly messages could be transmitted, everything was made easier.  The telephone not only evolved the way we communicated, it affected the speed at which we communicated as well.  People no longer had to waste time trying to decode messages from telegraph or Morse code.  In result of the telephone, information was widespread in a significantly shorter time.

The Phonograph - 1877

Thomas Edison

The phonograph was the first invention ever created to create the beginning of recorded sound in the world.  Any favorite music album someone listens to nowadays is all because Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.  It was the first invention to record sound, making the storing of information much easier, because all you had to do was speak into the invention, and you were recorded.

The Typewriter - 1873

Christopher Sholes

The typewriter was the first machine to greatly influence personal writing.  It worked very similarly to a printer, except for the fact that it was small, portable, and could fit in an office or other small workplace.  This invention greatly influenced authors, newspaper journalists, and other jobs that involve writing large amounts of words.  This invention made writing quicker, easier, and more efficient than handwriting.

The Dishwasher - 1886

Josephine Cochrane

The dishwasher revitalized the speed of dish washing in the industrial revolution.  It allowed for much quicker kitchen work, and then families could spend quality time with each other.  Also, the hot water that was sprayed on the dishes made them much more sanitized and safe to use again.  This prevented the spread of disease from unclean water, or old food stuck on to the plate.

The Light Bulb - 1879

Thomas Edison

The light bulb was a huge breakthrough for inventions in the 1800's.  It allowed people to see in darker areas without some sort form of fire, such as a candle or torch, and was definitely much safer for use around the house.  Without this invention, we would still be living our nights and some of our days in complete darkness.  With the ability to work at night, the light bulb increased productivity with jobs and the quality of our lives.

The Telegraph - 1836

Samuel F. B. Morse

The telegraph was the first round of communication improvement, before the telephone.  The telegraph used Morse code, which is a series of long and short tones, to send long distance messages.  Without the telegraph, the telephone may not have even been invented.  Letters took a very long time to deliver, but with the telegraph, messages were sent instantaneously.  The quick transmission of information allowed more complex messages to be sent farther and farther, until you could connect with people from around the world in a few seconds.

The Sewing Machine - 1844

Elias Howe

The sewing machine made the production of clothing so much easier and quicker.  It allowed clothing to finally become a mass produced item, and made jobs in textile factories to quickly sew clothes.  This invention also created many jobs in the thread industry, the metal industry (for needles and parts), and the shipping industry to ship the products over seas.

The Transatlantic Cable - 1866

Cyrus Field

The invention of the transatlantic cable made for the possibility of ease of communication.  This is what made communicating with Europe from North America possible.  The cable runs under the Atlantic Ocean, and turns ten days - the amount of time it takes for a message to be delivered by ship - into minutes.

The Diesel Engine - 1892

Rudolf Diesel

The invention of the diesel engine was a huge impact on transportation in the  industrial revolution.  It was originally invented to replace the steam engine, used a lot on trains.  This made traveling by train much safer, and would eventually be used as the engine for the first motor vehicle.

The Airplane - 1903

Orville & Wilbur Wright

The invention of the airplane revitalized transportation for the world greatly.  It made moving from one area of the country much faster because you wouldn't have to travel around various land forms, such as mountains and lakes.  The airplane could fly in a straight line through the air to the destination, making the transportation of products and people very fast

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