Inventions of the 1940s and the 1950s

Here you will find a few of the popular inventions of the 1940s and 1950.

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Velcro is a fabric hook and loop fastener, invented in 1948 by the Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral. The name "Velcro" is also that of the company that first made and commercially marketed this type of fastener.

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The microwave was invented accidentlly by Percy Spencer. During WW2 while working with a magnetron he discovered the candy bar he had, in his pocket, had melted. The first Raytheon commercial microwave oven was the 1161 Radarange, which was marketed in 1954. Rated at 1600 watts, it was so large and expensive that it was practical only for restaurant and company use.