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Jan
22
2011

Who Invented the Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

No Christmas can be complete without a Christmas tree. A Christmas tree can be large or small, decorated or simple, pain or colourful, natural or artificial but is an important aspect of the festival. It is a tradition associated with the celebration of the festival. The tradition of celebration and decoration has been invented by Martin Luther and few other Lutherian Scholars. In earlier times, fir trees were used for decorative purpose. The tradition of [...]

Jan
22
2011

Who Invented the Broom

Broom

The history of brooms doesn’t have any evidence to credit the invention to a particular person. Brooms have been used in varied materials and forms since man lived in caves. Initially it was animal fur that was tied up to clean up the cooking place and big castles. There are many stories that are associated with the first broom which is believed to be created somewhere around the eighteenth century. The first broom is said [...]

Jan
22
2011

Who Invented Currency

Currency

Many specimens of recorded history reveal that Chinese were the first to make use of currency. The use of both coin and paper money can be traced back to China. Around 650 A.D the Emperor of China issued paper tokens with assigned values for general use. The Chinese initially traded in shells and later in coins made out of various natural products such as wood, stone, bone, copper, lead etc. Bronze coins fashioned in many [...]

Jan
22
2011

Who Invented Credit Cards

Credit Cards

Although individual store credit cards were common in the twentieth century, a credit card that could be used at multiple locations came into existence in 1950 when Frank McNamara invented the Diner’s club credit card. The beginning of the twentieth century marked a steep rise in the automobile and travel industry enabling easy accessibility to a variety of shopping spots. Many stores and gas stations hence introduced the concept of shopping on credit accounts in [...]

Jan
22
2011

Who Invented Cosmetics

Cosmetics

The use of cosmetics as a medium to enhance facial contours can be traced back to as early as 4000B.C.Many evidence indicate towards the fact that the ancient Egyptians were the first to apply cosmetics. It is believed that Egyptians maintained similar standards of beauty to those prevalent in the modern times. The current make-up trends such as application of rogue, eyelid paint, lip colour etc. are all legacies of the ancient Egyptian era. The [...]

Jan
19
2011

Who Invented the Cardigan

Who Invented the Cardigan

Cardigan is a popular winter wear that is open from the front. It can be closed in the front either with buttons or zips or even tied up with small threads in the front. Cardigans are worn in many countries by both men and women in different styles and patterns. This winter wear got its name from James Thomas Brudenell who was the 7th Earl of Cardigan. He made his troops wear large knitted jackets [...]

Jan
19
2011

Who Invented the Blackboard

Who Invented the Blackboard

A blackboard also referred to as a chalkboard is a reusable writing surface upon which text or drawings are made with chalk. The boards are generally made of thin and soft sheet of slate stone in black or dark grey. Modern versions of these blackboards are available in green and brown and are referred as green board or brown board. History of the blackboard can be traced from 18th century. Blackboard was invented by James [...]

Jan
19
2011

Who Invented the Bed

Who Invented the Bed

A bed is a small or large piece of furniture upon which a person may sleep, relax or rest. In several cultures over many centuries, bed was recognized as the most important piece of furniture in the house to exhibit a different type of status symbol. Beds were first used by Egyptians and they used it for several purposes, more than a place of sleeping and relaxing. The beds were used as a place to [...]

Jan
19
2011

Who Invented Backpacks

Backpacks

The backpack was invented in the year 1952 by Dick Kelty. Dick Kelty was an active hiker who often faced trouble with carrying his gear during hiking trips. At that time people who enjoyed trekking had to settle for gear sold at military surplus stores. However, they were quite bulky and crude and did not make for a comfortable trekking sack. Kelty was hence inclined to come up with an easier way to carry gear [...]

May
14
2009

Who invented Velcro

Velcro

Perhaps the most useful invention of the 20th century, Velcro has become a ubiquitous product used extensively in clothing and the space industry because it attaches items together easily and without messy glues or causing damage. Velcro is a registered trademark of the Velcro Corporation founded by George de Mestral,the inventor of velcro. Back in 1941, de Mestral was walking around the hills of Commugny in Switzerland with his dog, and when he got home [...]