Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

K. Denker

The telephone - 1875

This invention revolutionized business and personal communication. In 1877, Bell organized the Bell Telephone Company. This eventually became the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, also known as AT&T.

Alexander Graham Bell

Automatic Lubricator - 1872

This invention was for steam engines, and it allowed trains to run faster with less maintenance. It also saved tons of time and effort in transportation and in industrial production. The most important reason for Elijah's invention was the fact that it was a revolutionary way of lubricating steam engines without having to shut them down.  

Elijah McCoy

Typewriter - 1873

This useful invention created an easier way of writing documents and letters. Also, it was used to send fast and easy letters during the olden days. The typewriter also opened jobs for labor intensive women like being a secretary.  

Christopher Sholes

Phonograph - 1877

The phonograph was the first device to ever allow sound to be recorded and replayed. It also helped people come up with new ideas  for inventions on sound recording. In addition, the phonograph created a future for sound recording.  

Thomas Alva Edison

carbon filament - 1882

The carbon filament was used to put in lightbulbs so that they lasted much longer. Not only did they last longer, but they became less expensive and more efficient. This enabled electric lighting to be installed in homes and throughout streets.  

Lewis Latimer

Automatic dishwasher - 1886

The invention of the automatic dishwasher allowed dishes to be washed instead of having to wash them by hand. Also, Josephine's invention helped her establish the company known as Kitchen Aid. The basic design of this invention is still used today.

Josephine Cochrane

hand-held camera - 1888

This invention was also known as the Kodak. It brought photography to the mainstream, allowing people to take pictures without using big plates. Instead, people could use film instead with the new Kodak invention.  

George Eastman

gasoline engine - 1876

This invention was the first practical four-stroke internal combustion engine. Nicholas called it the "Otto Cycle Engine". When he was done with the gas engine, he eventually built it into a motorcycle.

Nicholas Otto

Periodic table of elements - 1865

Mendeleev's periodic table arranged the elements known at the time in order of relative atomic mass. He did some other things that made his table much more successful as well.

Dmitri Mendeleev

gasoline-powered automobile - 1893

The Duryea brothers bought a used horse drawn buggy and installed a gasoline engine to it. This made it so that no horses were needed for transportation. Also, the Duryea brothers became America's first gasoline-powered car manufacturers.  

Charles and Frank Duryea

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