"Monkeyshines" is believed to be the first film shot in the United States. It was filmed for Edison Labs in 1889 or 1890 by William Heise and William K. L. Dickson, who worked with Thomas Edison to develop the Kinetoscope, an early motion picture viewing device considered to be the precursor to movie projectors.
Happy birthday, Thomas Edison! To celebrate the 31st annual “Inventors’ Day” in the United States, we’re kicking off “22 Days Of Invention.” For the next 22 days, we’ll be celebrating some of the greatest minds in history, with stories of the inventions we use in our backyards to machines made for interstellar space.
Why 22 days? Edison received his first patent at age 22 for the “Electrographic Vote-Recorder,” so we thought the number was apropos for the occasion.
We’ll be taking a look at everything from Edison’s greatest hits, to the anniversary of the founding of Quirky, the design shop that makes crowdsourced inventions real.
Follow the hashtag #22DaysOfInvention on Twitter and Tumblr to learn more about the brains behind our favorite things. Happy inventing, everyone!
When GE designed this electric flying suit for the U.S. Air Corps, pressurized airplane cabins were not yet in use. At high altitudes cabins could reach sub-zero temperatures capable of freezing flesh to metal. Shown above is a test of a GE electric flying suit at 63 degrees below zero in a cold room at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey in 1941.
In the 1950s, William H. Sahloff, who ran GE’s housewares division at the time, saw a need to be filled in the American kitchen: the perfect slicing utensil. Sahloff - who had previously conceived of inventions like the electric can opener and the electric toothbrush - brought his idea for an electric carving knife to GE engineers, who spent five years perfecting the invention. After the innovation debuted in the mid-1960s, sliced turkey never looked the same again in many American households.