Thursday, November 26, 2020

Who Invented the Elevator? American Inventor Elisha Graves Otis and before

Like is so often true, the answer depends upon your point of view. If looking for the first documented device that could do the...

The History and Mythology of Amber

Michael Crichton’s brilliant book may have popularised amber, but this gemstone has featured in man’s culture and history since the beginning of time. Amber...

Variety in Anchors – Prehistoric, Ancient and Modern

With a rock-and-rope anchor, prehistoric boats such as hollowed-out tree trunks or round, bowl-shaped coracles could be held in place by sheer weight. Either...

An Overview of Syrup in America: A History of Karo, Maple, and Other Syrups

But the origins of its first use and discovery remain unclear, though it is pretty much agreed upon that sucrose solutions have been around...

The BroomHandle Mauser

In military service for more than fifty years, the C96 Mauser Military Pistol ushered in the era of semi-automatic weapons on the modern battlefield. In...

The Golden Age of Canals: Europe Embraced Canal Usage and Development

Europe may not have been the first area of the world to use canals, but they embraced the idea of canals and developed them...

The History of Silk Production: Silk Stands the Test of Time

The history of silk contains legend, follows the rise and decline of dynasties and empires, and mirrors the great movements of social and economic...

Nickolaus Otto: Invented an efficient internal combustion engine

Although little known, Nickolaus Otto is an inventor we should remember every time we get into our cars. Before there was Karl Benz or Henry...

History of Ancient Canals: Egyptians, Romans & Chinese Used Artificial Waterways

One of the easiest ways to transport heavy goods is to float them. However, rivers don’t always run from where the goods are to...

Pioneers of the Sky – Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh

An American aircraft designer, Glen Curtiss, had already built a machine to attempt the first trans-atlantic flight, when the outbreak of World War One...