Although the Great Depression was a stressful time for everyone, many useful inventions came out of it.
- In 1910, Jacob Schick drew up designs for the world’s first the electric dry razor after he was fed up of lathering up to shave in the freezing cold. By 1929, his razors were on the shelves. This is how the company we know today as ‘Schick’ came about.
- The car radio was invented by Paul and Joseph Galvin who needed a new revenue after the financial crash. Designs were drawn in 1930 and by 1933, Ford were manufacturing cars to include radios. Later on, the brothers changed their name from Galvin Manufacturers to Motorola, the company we know today.
- Michael Cullen envisioned a giant store that would draw in customers with its variety and discounts. In 1930, he opened the words first supermarket. Today, King Kullen Supermarkets are still found in America today.
- In 1931, Dr Earle Cleveland Haas noticed the discomfort women experienced by using pads and in 1932, the first cotton tampon was put in stores.
- Chocolate chip cookies evolved in 1933 after Ruth Wakefield ran out of bakers chocolate and decided to cut up a chocolate bar instead, resulting in choc chips. Soon, Nestle bought her recipe. This is how Nestle choc-chip cookies we still have today came about.
- After J.F. Cantrell noticed that only wealthy people and those that had electricity available could use powered washing machines, he opened the world’s first Laundromat. In 1934, he charged people by the hour to use his four washing machines.
- The game Monopoly was invented in 1935 after Charles Darrow decided to give people something to be entertained with after all the sadness the depression caused.
- Finally, in 1938, Chester Carlson became fed up with the way labs processed hand-copied drawings. After years of designs, in 1959 the world’s first automatic copier was released, resulting in the photo copier we have today.
Via Ashleigh Ellul