Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

A. Ayres

The telephone- 1875

The telephone revolutionized business and personal communication. In 1877 Bell organized the Bell Telephone Company, which eventually became the American Tele- phone and Telegraph Company (AT&T).

Alexander Graham Bell


Christopher Sholes

The typewriter indeed revolutionized business. It allowed for its expansion and sped up life, as most American technologies have seemed to do. More companies were taking the risk of manufacturing the machine and competition was rising. The typewriter allowed for more efficiency in shorthand, and eventually became a symbol of the American woman worker, as secretaries all over the country began using them.

Automatic Lubricant-1872

Elijah McCoy

Allowed steam trains to run faster with less maintance,less wear on the components means extended component life,fewer breakdowns,reduced downtime,reduced replacement costs and reduced maintenance costs


Thomas Edison

Being able to play a sound whenever you wanted, inspired people to get into music, at their leisure. It opened up new possibilites in entertainment and communication.

carbon Filament-1882

Lewis Latimer

For lightbulbs allowing them to last longer and actually highly inefficient, but it banished the soot and fire hazards of coal-gas jets and thus soon gained wide acceptance.

Automatic dishwasher-1886

Joshsephine Cochrane

A domestic dishwasher was invented in the 1920s, but it did not see widespread use. Dishwashers became more common in wealthy homes in the 1950s. By the 1970s dishwashers had become common. Present-day machines feature a drop-down front panel door, allowing access to the interior.

gasoline-powered automobile-1893

Charles and Frank Duryea

On September 20 1893, the Duryea brothers' first automobile was constructed and successfully tested on the public streets of Springfield, Massachusetts. Charles Duryea founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company in 1896, the first company to manufacture and sell gasoline powered vehicles. By 1896, the company had sold thirteen cars of the model Duryea, an expensive limousine, which remained in production into the 1920s.

successful Powered flight-1903

Wilbur and Orville Wright

On Monday, December 14, 1903, when both the Wright flyer and the wind were ready, the brothers decided that Wilbur would take the first turn as pilot for the historic flight. Some readers might suppose that this was because Wilbur was older, or because he had taken the early lead in the project (though later there was an equalization), or perhaps because of some difference in piloting skills. It was none of these. It was decided by flipping a coin. They and the ground crew (5 lifeguards from the beach) had lugged the plane weighing six hundred pounds 1/4 mile to the big hill, laid out the 60-foot monorail, and were ready to go and now that has helped inventors today come up with more advanced ways to fly.

Handheld Camera-1888

George Eastman

George Eastman was one of the first American industrialists to employ a full-time research scientist. Together with his associate, Eastman perfected the first commercial transparent roll film which made possible Thomas Edison’s motion picture camera in 1891.

Lawn Mower-1827

Edwin Budding

Formal lawns with neatly manicured grass began appearing in France in the 1700s, tended to by grazing animals or hand-cut with shears and scythes. In 1830, Englishman Edwin Bear Budding was granted the patent for the first mechanical lawn mower, based on a tool used to uniformly cut carpet and comprised of a series of blades around a cylinder. Nearly 40 years later, the reel lawn mower came to the United States. Initially made to be horse-drawn, Elwood McGuire of Richmond, IN designed the first widely popular human-powered push lawn mower.

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